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MEET THE BIRDS IN THE BAIE DE SOMME

The Baie de Somme is a welcome refuge for thousands of migrating birds who come and seek out a place to lay their weary heads during their migrations between the northern and southern hemispheres. Rendezvous with David, our ornithology expert...

 

Find out here soon David's tips for a successful experience

WHERE TO GO BIRDWATCHING IN THE BAIE DE SOMME?

THE BEST SPOTS

  • The Parc du Marquenterre: 200 hectares of dunes, forest and marshland, a hotspot for ornithologists for the last 40 years, 3 trails ranging from 45 minutes to 2h, 12 observation points and some passionate guides
  • The Grand-Laviers Reserve: avocets, stilts and teals have found a refuge in these ancient ponds of the sugar refinery in the heart of the Somme Valley
  • Hâble d'Ault: south of the Baie de Somme, after Cayeux-sur-Mer, in this ancient lagoon sheltered by a cordon of rocks, you can observe up to 270 species of birdlife
  • The tall cliffs of Ault and Mers-les-Bains are a perfect natural habitat for gulls, fulmars and peregrine falcons
OUR ADVICE FOR THE BEST POSSIBLE EXPERIENCE
---Do--- ---Don't---
  • Bring equipment for birdwatching : binoculars and telescopes.
  • Check the migration calendars to find out which species to look out for when you are there.
  • Start with a visit to the Maison de la Baie de Somme Centre in Lanchères where you will see a collection of stuffed birds set in their natural habitats: it will be easier to spot them in the wild afterwards.
  • Book a nature guide to enjoy an even better experience, especially at the Hâble d'Ault and the tall cliffs that are both open access sites.
  • Remember to speak to the nature guides at the park of Marquenterre and the Grand-Laviers Reserve: they will help you spot, identify and understand the different species.
  • Take part in some original nature activities before the park of Marquenterre opens, after dark or using a satellite dish to help you identify birdsong
  • Don't disturb the birds, who have come here to rest and to breed.
  • Don't walk outside of the sign posted paths to avoid damaging nests: at the Hâble d'Ault, for instance, plovers lay their eggs on paths to hide them among the gravel.
  • Don't let your dog wander. At the park of Marquenterre a kennel is available. At other sites, make sure that they do not scare the birds.
  • Don’t set off alone into the bay or the wetlands. This habitat can be dangerous as there may be shifting sands, for example. Specialist nature guides from the area can accompany you and ensure your safety.
  • Don’t bring any birdseed with you as most of the birds are waders and feed on worms that they find in the mud.
  • Above all, never touch young birds, nests or eggs. You may scare the parent birds away or cause them to attack you 

WHERE TO SLEEP? WHERE TO EAT? WHAT TO SEE?

STAYING IN THE BAIE DE SOMME


Check out all the nearby sites of Marquenterre, Hâble d'Ault, Bay of the Somme: hotels, gîtes...and even some quirky accommodation in a bird hide...

FIND A GREAT PLACE TO EAT


Little laid-back restaurants to enjoy some moules-frites with your fingers, specialities of the Bay or gastronomic eateries, we offer the best advice to ensure that you have a great gourmet experience.

MORE TO DISCOVER


Sand yachting, kite surfing, paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, boat trips or rides on a Henson horse, cycle trails, days out with a nature guide: there is no shortage of activities to enjoy in the Baie de Somme and the Marquenterre.


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