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Camargue - Marais du Verdier

Camargue  >  France

The Marais du Verdier is one of these great birdwatching areas in the Camargue. Because of the varied habitats, many birds can be seen here.

Added by John Morecroft

Description

The Verdier marshes cover four ancient fishing basins of 120 hectares. The area has many different habitats: reedbeds, freshwater and salt marshes, lagoons and Tamarix groves. It’s a haven for waterbirds. An observation platform and hide provide convenient viewing points.

All year round  you can see: Glossy Ibis, Western Swamphen, Moustached Warbler, Great Bittern. In summer: Collared Pratincole, Great Reed Warbler, Little Bittern, Stone-curlew. In winter: Penduline Tit, Bluethroat, Red-crested Pochard, Common Teal. During migration: Eurasian Spoonbill, Black-winged Stilt, Bearded Tit, Little Crake. For more birds you can observe here, see the extended list below.

Details

Access

The Marais du Verdier is located in Camargue on the commune of Arles (Bouches-du-Rhône), between Arles and Salin de Giraud, in direct proximity to the hamlet of Sambuc. The site covers 120 hectares, it is free to access. The area is open to walking or cycling.

Access to the site can be: directly from the village square and along the stadium from the right. A footbridge marks the entrance to the site. Or go to "Cabanon" along Departmental Highway 36, where there is a car park with place for a dozen vehicles. Click on a P in the map to get directions.

Two observatories are located on the site: one on the South Seawall of the West Marsh for bird watching; the other is a platform near the "Cabanon", it gives views on the Pesquier pond, the rice fields and the nearby marshes. There are 3 marked trails of 1,6, 2,5 or 4,4 km. If you walk all the trails (see the map) you walk about 6 km in total.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland, Reedbeds

Conditions

Open landscape, Flat

Circular trail

Yes

Is a telescope useful?

No

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring, Autumn migration

Route

Wide path

Difficulty walking trail

Easy

Accessible by

Foot, Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform

Yes

Links

View birdingplaces in the area that are published on Birdingplaces.eu

Map

Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here

Comments

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