Le Marais de Guînes

Pas de Calais  >  France

Big wetland area. A mosaic of meadows and woods interspersed with canals and punctuated by small ponds that stretches over an area of more than 1230 hectares.

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Most recent update 29 August 2022
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The Marais de Guînes was used until the beginning of the twentieth century for grazing and peat extraction. Now it is a nature reserve with a mosaic of meadows and woods that attracts many birds. Among the birds you can encounter are Marsh Harrier, Cuckoo, Eurasian Hobby, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Yellowhammer and Reed Bunting.


Français: Le Marais de Guînes était utilisé jusqu’au début du XXème siècle pour le pâturage et l’extraction de la tourbe. C’est une mosaïque de prairies et de bois entrecoupés de canaux et jalonnés de petits étangs qui s’étire sur une superficie de plus de 1230 hectares.



Most easy part to explore is the trail 'Sentier des Têtards' near Village St Joseph. Click on the P in the map to get directions to the parking. From the parking you can make a 1,7 km circular walk that passes a bird hide.


Français: La partie la plus facile à explorer de la réserve naturelle est le sentier 'Sentier des Têtards' près du Village St Joseph. Cliquez sur le P sur la carte pour obtenir l'itinéraire vers le parking. Depuis le parking, vous pouvez faire une promenade circulaire de 1,7 km qui passe devant un observatoire d'oiseaux.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Reedbeds , Forest


Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit



Wide path , Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform


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