Reed beds

In the reedbeds, the common reed Phragmites dominates where the water table is at or above ground level for most of the year.

The Insh reedbeds are the largest in the Cairngorms National Park. Other significant reedbeds are found at Loch Davan, Deeside. They are important for their breeding passerines – reed bunting, willow, sedge and grasshopper warblers – and water rail.