Le Platier d’Oye

Pas-de-Calais  >  France

Platier d'Oye is a coastal lagoon behind the dunes on the coast right between the cities of Dunkirk and Calais.

Added* by Ignaas Robbe
Most recent update 6 October 2020


Le Platier d’Oye nature reserve is the first feeding area along the coast of the Channel / North Sea where migratory birds pass by. More than 200 bird species have been observed here. The lagoon has open water, small islands and muddy areas. It an excellent place to watch waders, ducks, terns and gulls. A bird hide gives a good overview of the area.



There is a parking just near the big birdwatching hide. The hide is the best spot or watch birds. Telescope needed though. It is also possible to walk around the lagoon. The Oye-Plage Platier Reserve trail is 3.8 km. The trail is shown on the map below.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Plain , Mud flats , Scattered trees and bushes , Grassland , Dunes , Reedbeds


Flat , Sandy , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring migration , Spring , Winter , Summer , Autumn , Autumn migration


Paved road , Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform


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