Etang Molard

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Etang Molard is a lake that is part of the greater area of La Dombes, the thousand ponds region. This is a paradise for water birds and birdwatchers.

Added* by Jean-Claude Hänggeli
Most recent update 1 May 2022
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Thirty kilometers above Lyon a fantastic bird area is located: the Dombes. More than 1000 lakes where freshwater fish are bred. These lakes attracts many birds! Waterfowl that can be seen in impressive numbers. Lake Molard is just one of the lakes that is good for birding. In the breeding season, you will certainly have a chance to see the many species of herons, European Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Marsh Harrier, Red-backed Shrike, Cetti's Warbler, Common Kingfisher and Great Reed Warbler. Among the other birds you can see here are Purple Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Black-necked Grebe, Common Crane, Black Stork, Whiskered Tern and Osprey.


Français: Ètang Molard est un lac qui fait partie de la grande région de La Dombes, la région des mille étangs. C'est un paradis pour les oiseaux aquatiques et les ornithologues amateurs.



The village of Villars-les-Dombes is centrally located in the area. This is the best base for your birding tours through De Dombes. You can also make nice hikes through the area. Birds are everywhere.


Français: Le village de Villars-les-Dombes est situé au centre de la région. C'est la meilleure base pour vos excursions d'observation des oiseaux à travers De Dombes. Vous pouvez également faire de belles randonnées dans la région. Les oiseaux sont partout.

Terrain and Habitat

Lake , Reedbeds


Flat , Wet

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

Winter , Autumn , Spring

Best time to visit

Spring migration , Autumn migration , Winter


Wide path , Paved road , Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

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Birdwatching hide / platform


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