Etang de la Pouge

Haute-Vienne  >  France

Protected lake with an area of 32 hectares. Observation of a heronry with many nests of Grey Heron. A shelter for bird watching is specially provided.

Added* by Laurence Lamarque
Most recent update 25 June 2022


Etang de la Pouge is a protected lake surrounded by pasture landscape with grasslands, patches of forest and open fields. Around 30 species of ducks, waders and other water birds breed in the area, winter in the area or make a stop at the lake during migration. The main attraction is the Grey Heron colony, but there are many other birds you can encounter. For example Great Crested Grebe, Eurasian Coot, Great Egret, Eurasian Green Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, Eurasian Blue Tit, Great Tit and Common Teal.


Français: Observation d'une héronnière avec de nombreux nids. Un abri pour observer les oiseaux est spécialement prévu. Zone protégée, étang apparenant au conseil départemental.



Etang de la Pouge in Saint Auvent. The lake is very well signposted. A small car park is available. Click on the P in the map to get directions to the parking. A circular tour of the pond (6 km) can be done on foot (no other way). Part is done on the road. There is also a 2.5 km interpretive trail, dotted with explanatory panels and a bird hide to watch the heronry.


Français: Etang de la Pouge à Saint Auvent - L'étang est très bien indiqué. Un petit parling est disponible. Le tour de l'étang (6 km) peut se faire à pied (pas d'autre moyen). Une partie se fait sur la route.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Scattered trees and bushes , Lake



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Spring , Autumn , Summer

Best time to visit

Spring , Summer


Unpaved road , Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


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Birdwatching hide / platform



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