L'Étang Saint Nicolas

Pays de la Loire, Maine et Loire  >  France

Huge park with multiple viewpoints and a 7.8 km loop around the lake.

Added* by Bruno Jaloux
Most recent update 30 April 2023
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L'Étang Saint Nicolas has a very diversified environment with the lake but also moors, reed beds and forest. it is located in an urban environment and has easy access. It is home to some common aquatic birds, but also many passerines, woodpeckers and Golden Oriole on migration.


Français: Immense parc avec des points de vue multiples et une boucle autour de l'étang de 7,8 km. Milieu très diversifié avec l'étang mais aussi, landes, roselière, rypisylve, forêt. L'intérêt réside surtout dans sa localisation en milieu urbain et son accès facile. Quelques oiseaux aquatiques classiques, mais aussi de nombreux passereaux, pics, loriot de passage.



Many access points all around, on the Belle Beille side by the university as on the Avrillé side, by bus, and soon by tram (rue Saint Jacques). Click on a P in the map to get directions. The circular walk around the lake is about 7,8 km long.


Français: De nombreux accès tout autour, côté Belle Beille par la fac comme côté Avrillé, par bus, et bientôt tram (rue saint Jacques).

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Wetland , Canyon/cliff , Reedbeds , Plateau , Moors/heathland


Slippery , Hilly , Rocky

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

Winter , Spring

Best time to visit

Spring , Autumn , Summer


Narrow trail , Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform


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