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
Most recent update 25 December 2020


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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