Le Chapelier

Ain  >  France

Beautiful pond of the Dombes where many migratory birds make a stopover.

Added* by PRESTAT
Most recent update 7 December 2022
This birdingplace has not been rated yet. Click here to be the first to rate this area with 1 to 5 stars


Le Chapelier is a large pond where many migratory birds land and where you can watch the courtship of the of Great Crested Grebe and Black-necked Grebe. Other birds you can encounter are Common Pochard, Ferruginous Duck, Tufted Duck, White Stork, Mute Swan, Spoonbill, Glossy Ibis, Great Egret, Little Egret, Purple Heron and Eurasian Nuthatch.


Français: Joli étang de la Dombes. Grand étang où de nombreux oiseaux migrateurs se posent et où l'on peut assister aux parades amoureuses des Grèbes huppés et à cou noir.



You have to go to the village of Versailleux. The Chapelier pond is along the D 904. Possibility to park at the edge of the road or in the small car park on the left edge of the pond. Push the small iron gate to the right of the lake and follow the small path to the observation posts.


Français: Il faut aller au village de Versailleux ; l'étang du Chapelier est le long de la D 904 . Possibilité de se garer au bord de la route ou au petit parking sur le bord gauche de l'étang. Pousser la petite porte en fer à droite du lac et suivre le petit chemin jusqu'aux postes d'observation

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Scattered trees and bushes , Lake



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit



Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform


View other birding spots in the area that are published on Birdingplaces


Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here

Show more birds Show less birds
Show more images Show less images

Comments & Tips

Click on the little bird icon () to insert bird names in your own language. The birdnames will automatically be translated for other users!