The beautiful Loire is the longest wild river in France. With beautiful scenic views, it is easy to bike alongside the river or enjoy beautiful walks. In the department of Loir-et-Cher, between visits of the world famous castle of Chambord, or Blois, you can observe breeding sea birds.
The "island" of la Saulas is found just after the third bridge (Bridge François Mitterand). It is a wide sand bank known to be the breeding spots of many pairs of Little Tern, Common Tern and Mediterranean Gull every year.
The bank is only 10 m away from the shore, making the observation really easy. Birds will proceed to their normal activities as long as you don't try to cross the water to reach the island (which is forbidden). So please keep your distance.
Another island can be found just before the first bridge (ile des tuileries) with the same species and also Little Ringed Plover, Black-headed Gull and Yellow-legged Gull.
It is easy to park in the area, parking is free in most streets. The best way to reach the shore is on foot. The bicycle path is on the other side of the river. if you want to have a closer look at the birds (without using a scope), make sure to cross the bridge.
Terrain and HabitatRiver
ConditionsSandy, No shadow, High water possible, Open landscape
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonSummer
Best time to visitSummer, Spring
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle, Car
Birdwatching hide / platformNo
Best time to visit : between May and July
Ile des Tuileries (Island just before the first bridge in Blois)