Lac de la Forestière is an old meander of the river Durance. One can observe many species of birds here. Among the birds you can see here are Common Kingfisher, European Bee-eater, White Wagtail, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Osprey, Red Kite, Eurasian Hobby and Red-crested Pochard.
Located 5 minutes from the motorway, the 9 hectares of La Forestière (on a 23 hectare site) have the advantage of being immediately accessible. Access on foot from a car park at the end of the road. Click on the P in the map to get directions. It takes about 20-30 minutes before arriving at the lake (several routes possible). See the route (7 km) on the map below. In case of flood/high water the area may be flooded in some places.
Terrain and HabitatWetland, Plain, Lake, Grassland, Moors/heathland
ConditionsFlat, Open landscape
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitSpring migration, Autumn migration
RouteWide path, Narrow trail
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle
Birdwatching hide / platformNo
The route is between 5 and 10 km flat depending on what you decide because there are different routes possible. Walk in relaxation mode and observe the birds on the trails around the lake. Taking a camera with you can be a good idea. With a little luck you can see European Bee-eater. Provide a little something to drink and nibble.