Étang de Salses

Pyrénées-Orientales et Aude  >  France

Coastal lagoon and wetlands with a wide range of habitats and different levels of salinity. This attracts many birds. 280 bird species have been identified.

Added by Adriaan van Os


The Site consists of the Salses-Leucate coastal lagoon and its peripheral wetlands; it represents a typical Mediterranean coastal area. A wide range of habitats with different levels of salinity, depth and vegetation cover provide favourable conditions for a range of animal and plant species. 280 bird species have been identified, most notably birds such as the locally-rare Snipe and Eurasian Curlew. The Salses-Leucate lagoon is, with its 5400 ha, the second largest lagoon in the Occitanie/Pyrenees-Mediterranean region. With an average depth of about 2 m. Note that the shoreline is very heavily urbanized. In the area of Des Dosses it is possible to explore the area.



On the map below you see a route to stroll through the Natura 2000 area in the Parc des Dosses that is located at the lake. Click on the P in the map to get directions.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland, Lake


Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring, Autumn migration, Spring migration


Wide path, Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform



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