Ile de Sein

Bretagne  >  France

Isolated island of the continent, the island of Sein is, like a culmination point for vagrant birds between 2 continents.

Added* by Martin de Lajudie
Most recent update 4 March 2023


The Île de Sein is a Breton island of less than two kilometers long in the Atlantic Ocean. The island is located eight kilometres from the mainland. It has only one village and a beautiful rocky coast. Due to its particular geographical location, it is a place of passage for all isolated and wandering birds which wander between 2 continents. Thus this tiny island is a hotspot for extreme vagrants from both east and west and recent records include Chestnut-sided Warbler, Northern Parula and Chestnut Bunting.


Français: Ile isolée du continent, l'Ile de Sein est, à l'image de celle d'Ouessant, un point d'aboutissement pour les oiseaux errants entre 2 continents. L'ile, par sa situation géographique particulière, est un lieu de passage pour tous les oiseaux isolés et errants qui vagabondent entre 2 continents. Ainsi il est possible d'y observer des espèces rares.



A ferry to reach the island is leaving from Sainte-Evette near Audierne all year round - the crossing takes about an hour. During July and August a ferry service also operates from Camaret. On the island itself you can walk or cycle.


Français: Accès par bateau uniquement. Un ferry pour atteindre l'île part de Sainte-Evette près d'Audierl toute l'année - la traversée prend environ une heure. En juillet et août, un service de ferry opère également à partir de Camaret. Circulation en vélo dans l'ile.

Terrain and Habitat

Sea , Moors/heathland


Open landscape , Rocky

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring migration , Autumn migration


Paved road , Wide path

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Boat

Birdwatching hide / platform


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