Camargue - La Capelière

Camargue  >  France

The heart of the Camargue Natural Reserve. Great birding and many bird hides to get up close to the birds.

Added by Thiemo Karwinkel


La Capelière consists out of the big laguna "Étang du Vaccarès", and many smaller lagunas, ponds and heather-Landscape close-by. One of the best birding spots in the Camargue. All year round you can see Great Bittern, Great Egret, White Stork, Common Kingfisher and Cetti's Warbler. In summer Little Bittern, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Black-winged Stilt, Green Sandpiper and Spotted Redshank. During winterCommon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Common Pochard, Snipe and  Penduline Tit. During migration ducks, waders and plovers.



This is quit a long route, but the whole route can be driven by car. Of course cycling is also possible.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland, Plain, Lake, Scattered trees and bushes, Moors/heathland, Reedbeds


Flat, High water possible

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit



Paved road, Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Car, Bicycle, Foot

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

The Capelière visitor centre on the reserve is where you can find all the information that you need concerning the various nature trails and sites of interest in this area (La Capelière, Salin-de-Badon, Etang du Vaccarès). Open every day from April to September : 09:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 18:00 and from October to March, apart from on Tuesdays : 09:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 17:00. Entrance : 3€.  


Birdingplaces Near

The whole Camague region is good for birding. See this website for some other birdingplaces in the Camargue.

View birdingplaces in the area that are published on Birdingplaces.eu


Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here


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