Ballastière de Fretterans

Saône-et-Loire  >  France

Former storage area for gravel and sand extracted from the river Doubs. Area along the river and surrounded by meadows.

Added* by Alexis Révillon
Most recent update 5 January 2021
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Ballastière de Fretterans is located along the river Doubs and surrounded by meadows. Several viewpoints available on the Doubs. Good place to observe birds. Typical birds such as Stone-curlew, Little Ringed Plover, Common Tern or even Bluethroat are found on the banks and willow groves of the Doubs. The area is regularly frequented by Goosander and Common Kingfisher. One can easily observe European Bee-eater and Sand Martin In the meadows it is possible to observe Eurasian Curlew, Red-backed Shrike and the Tree Sparrow . In the spring the Montagu's Harrier uses this landscape as a hunting area. During the migration period, many species stop off in this area such as Osprey, Black Stork, Red-footed Falcon or Common Greenshank.


Français: Ancienne zone de stockage des graviers et sables extraits du Doubs, zone en bordure de rivière et entourée de prairies. Plusieurs points de vues disponibles sur le Doubs et sur les grèves, possibilité de faire des observations et de se promener à travers le pâquier. On retrouve sur les grèves et saulaies du Doubs des oiseaux typiques comme l' Stone-curlew , le Little Ringed Plover , la Common Tern ou encore la Bluethroat . La zone est régulièrment fréquentée par le Goosander ou encore le Common Kingfisher. On peut y oberver facilement le European Bee-eater et l' Sand Martin Dans les prairies il est possible d'observer le Eurasian Curlew , la Red-backed Shrike ou encore le Tree Sparrow . Au printemps le Montagu's Harrier utilise ce secteur comme zone de chasse. En période de migration de nombreuses espèces font halte dans ce secteur comme le Osprey , la Black Stork , le Red-footed Falcon ou encore le Common Greenshank.



Access via rue du Faubourg from the village of Fretterans. Click on a P in the map to get directions. The circular route you see on the map is about 4 km long.


Français: Accès par la rue du Faubourg depuis le village de Fretterans. Cliquez sur un P sur la carte pour obtenir les directions. L'itinéraire circulaire que vous voyez sur la carte mesure environ 4 km.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Plain , Forest , Grassland , Scattered trees and bushes , River


Flat , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit



Wide path , Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car , Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


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