"Natuurgebied Schor Ouden Doel"
Near Antwerp the Scheldt flows west into the Netherlands towards the North Sea. On the right bank it is the area of the famous port of Antwerp, the second largest port in Europe. On the left bank, between all the industry, there is still some room for valuable nature:
The area outside of the Scheldt is a brackish water marsh. Brackish water marshes are extremely rare and occur in Europe only in the mouth of the Elbe and the Western Scheldt. The area is influenced by tidal action and is used both by salt water from the North Sea and by fresh water from the flooded river Scheldt. The mud area is under water twice a day. The higher tidal marshes run only under during storms and springtide.
From an ecological point of view, this area is particularly valuable: the area is a muddy bird paradise and home to rare and typical halophytic plants.
Image: Prosperpolder (BE) - 23/01/2011
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