Bord de Saône de Crissey

Saône-et-Loire  >  France

Former grassland area now converted into crops. This area is located in the major floodplain of the river Saône and is therefore subject to flooding.

Added* by Alexis Révillon
Most recent update 22 February 2023
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Bord de Saône de Crissey is an interesting area for birds because of the floods of the Saône. In winter or spring during heavy rains the plain is flooded. When there are large areas of water in the plain, the site becomes very attractive whatever the time of year. In winter there are many species of waterfowl like Greater White-fronted Goose, Taiga Bean Goose or Common Shelduck. One can also easily observe Merlin or the rarer Great Grey Shrike. In the spring, the floods tend to attract migrating shorebirds such as Whimbrel, Black-winged Stilt or Avocet. Rarities such as Greater Short-toed Lark, Purple Swamphen or Pectoral Sandpiper are sometimes found. Note that the site is really only of interest during periods of flooding of the Saône.


Français: Ancienne zone de prairies maintenant reconverties en cultures. Cette zone est située dans le lit majeur de la Saône et est donc soumise aux inondations. L'intérêt du site est surtout lié aux inondations de la Saône. En hiver ou au printemps au cours des fortes pluies la plaine est inondée. Lorsqu'il y a de grandes zones en eau dans la plaine le site devient très attractif quelque soit la période de l'année. En hiver on y retrouve beaucoup d'espèce d'anatidés comme Greater White-fronted Goose ou encore Taiga Bean Goose ou bien la Common Shelduck. On peut également facilement observer le Merlin ou la plus rare Great Grey Shrike. Au printemps les inondations attirent plutôt les limicoles migrateurs comme le Whimbrel, l' Black-winged Stilt ou l' Avocet. Il arrive que de grosse rareté soit observée sur le secteur comme l' Greater Short-toed Lark, la Purple Swamphen ou encore le Pectoral Sandpiper. Le site n'a vraiment d'intérêt qu'en période de crues de la Saône.



The area is reached by the village of Crissey by taking the direction "Lac". Whe you have arrived in the floodplain, the easiest way is to explore by car and search for the wettest areas of the moment.


Français: On y accède par le village de Crissey en prenant la direction "lac" Arrivé dans la plaine le plus simple est de se diriger en voiture jusqu'aux zones les plus humides du moment.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Plain , Agriculture , River


Flat , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

Summer , Spring

Best time to visit

Winter , Spring , Spring migration


Unpaved road , Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform


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