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