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 HabitatWetland, Plain, Lake, Scattered trees and bushes, Moors/heathland, Reedbeds
ConditionsFlat, High water possible
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitSpring
RoutePaved road, Narrow trail
Difficulty walking trailAverage walk
Accessible byCar, Bicycle, Foot
Birdwatching hide / platformYes
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€.
The whole Camague region is good for birding. See this website for some other birdingplaces in the Camargue.