Étang de Saclay

Ile de france  >  France

Étang de Saclay is a small lake nearby a military training camp. Rare birds can show up here during migration.

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The Étang de Saclay area is well known amongst local ornithologists. It is one of the best parisian birding spots. During the migration seasons, you may be able to see Red-crested Pochard, Common Pochard, Tufted Duck, Snipe and Little Grebe. Some rarities show up every now and then, like Greater Scaup, Little Bittern and Spoonbill. In the forest, the raptors nest. You can see them flying above the lake: Eurasian Kestrel, Eurasian Hobby, Peregrine Falcon and, in summer Osprey.


Français: Étang de Saclay est un petit lac à proximité d'un camp d'entraînement militaire. L'étang de Saclay est bien connu des ornithologues locaux. C'est l'un des meilleurs sites ornithologiques parisiens. Pendant les saisons de migration, des oiseaux rares peuvent apparaître ici.



You can park on the bridge and observe the birds from there. With the autorisation of the military training camp and the city hall you may have access to the observatory, open on sunday.


Français: Vous pouvez vous garer sur le pont et observer les oiseaux à partir de là. Avec l'autorisation du camp d'entraînement militaire et de la mairie, vous pouvez accéder à l'observatoire, ouvert le dimanche.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Wetland , Lake , Agriculture , Reedbeds


Flat , Wet , No shadow , Open landscape , Slippery

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Winter , Spring migration , Autumn migration , Spring


Paved road , Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

The locals gather on the weekends for birding. The bird hide is not accessible without authorisation, and is open only two sundays a month. For more info see the link below.


Français: Les ornithologues locaux se réunissent le week-end pour observer les oiseaux. L'observatoire n'est pas accessible sans autorisation et n'est ouvert que deux dimanches par mois. Pour plus d'informations, voir le lien ci-dessous.


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