Étang de Viges

Creuse  >  France

This observation site is shallow pond with rich aquatic grass beds and diversified riparian vegetation.

Added* by Quentin Giraud
Most recent update 14 December 2022
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Étang de Viges is interesting because of migratory and wintering birds. In summer, you can regularly observe Purple Heron and Black-crowned Night Heron. During migration and wintering, the site gains in interest, especially for hosting ducks (Common Teal, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall) and divers. Common Pochard, Tufted Duck and waders arrive in autumn when water levels drop. For example waders such as Snipe, Jack Snipe, Dunlin, Common Ringed Plover and Green Sandpiper. As far as breeders are concerned, there are Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe and Water Rail, to name a few. As for raptors, the Osprey regularly stops here on spring and autumn migration, and Black Kite nests here. Observation preferably in the morning (against the light from midday).


Français: Le site d'observation est un étang de 16h, à font plat, présentant des herbiers aquatiques riches et une végétation rivulaire diversifiée. Le site d'observation présente un intérêt pour l'accueil des oiseaux migrateurs et hivernants. En période de estivale, on peut régulièrement y observe le Purple Heron et le Black-crowned Night Heron. En période de migration et d'hivernage, le site gagne en intérêt, notamment pour l'accueil des canards de surface ( Common Teal, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall) et plongeur Common Pochard, Tufted Duck), et des limicoles en automne lorsque les niveaux d'eau baissent ( Snipe, Jack Snipe, Dunlin, Common Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper). En ce qui concerne les nicheurs, on y retrouve notamment le Great Crested Grebe, le Little Grebe ou encore le Water Rail. En ce qui concerne les rapaces, le Osprey y fait régulièrement escale lors des deux migration, et le Black Kite y niche. Observation de préférence le matin (contre-jour dès la mi-journée).



Access from the village of Cressat or the hamlet of Viges. You can park at the site. Click on the P in the map for directions. For observing the birds: view from the dike.


Français: Accès depuis le bourg de Cressat ou le hameau de Viges (véhicule, avec possibilité de stationnement, cliquez sur le P sur la carte pour les directions.). Observation : rester sur la digue.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Mud flats , Grassland


Flat , Wet

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Autumn , Winter , Spring

Best time to visit

Spring , Autumn , Autumn migration , Spring migration , Winter


Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car , Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


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