Regional Natural Park of the Brenne is one of the best areas in France for birdwatchers with numerous songbirds and waterbirds. The landscape is flat with many lakes dotted around a preserved area of meadows, heaths, scrub and woodland. Good for all wildlife especially in spring and summer. Large numbers of Common Crane pass through, thousands stay for the winter.
The whole place covers an area 40 km by 30 km, easily accessible via numerous small roads and public tracks. Car quickest way round, easy cycling and walking. Many hides in area especially at Chérine national nature reserve and Foucault/Massé regional nature reserve + other protected sites (see the map for the central route and the location of bird hides). You could start a visit at visitor center Maison du Parc (northwest of the town of Rosnay, see the map). You can get lots of information about the Brenne. Maison du Parc is also the starting point for nice hiking routes along meadows, forests and lakes that are also good for birding.
Terrain and HabitatPlain, Wetland, Forest, Lake, Agriculture, Reedbeds, Moors/heathland, Grassland, Scattered trees and bushes
ConditionsFlat, Swampy, Open landscape
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitSpring, Summer
RoutePaved road, Wide path, Unpaved road
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byBicycle, Foot, Car, Wheelchair
Birdwatching hide / platformYes
Within easy reach of northern Europe (GB, Belgium, Holland and Germany), far enough south to see "exotic" species; Short-toed Snake Eagle, Great Reed Warbler, Savi's Warbler and Melodious Warbler, European Bee-eater, Common Crane by the thousand, Squacco Heron and all 3 crakes regular.