Marais de Bonnance

Nord  >  France

Renatured wetland with trails and observatory with a view of a pond in the Bonnance marshes. 150 to 200 species of birds nesting or passing through.

Added* by David Laurent
Most recent update 26 December 2020


Between Pévèle and Mélantois near Lille the marshes of Bonance are reborn on 50 hectares. Marshes that, over the years, had all but disappeared with the natural filling, the construction of the A23 motorway that cut the marsh in half. But it's been renatured and since 2007 it is an ornithological reserve. The place is now home to a great diversity of plants and animals, species that overwinter, others that nest but also 150 to 200 species of birds passing through. Among the birds you can see here are Common Kingfisher, Snipe, Northern Goshawk, Garganey, Common Teal and many other species.


Français: Observatoire en bois avec vu sur un etang dans les marais de Bonnance sur la commune de Templeuve ,Fretin et Peronnes en Melantois. Peut'etre que vous aurez la chance d'apercevoir ; Martin pêcheur , Canard colvert , becassine des marais , Buse variable , cygne , Sarcelles d'd'hiver et d'été et encore plein d'autres especes.



To access the observatory: you will have to park either on the side of Peronnes en Melantois, and then pass through the reeds and follow the mark to arrive at the observatory, or you will have to park on the side of Fretin and there you will have several possibilities to get there, either by following the mark or by passing through the woods by landscaped paths.


Français: En voiture ,vous aller visiter a pied. Pour accerder a l'observatoire : vous allez devoir vous garer soit du cote de Peronnes en melantois ,et ensuite passer au milieu des roseaux et suivre la Marque pour arriver a l'observatoire ,ou alors vous vous garer du cote de Fretin et la vous aurez plusieurs possibilite pour y arriver ,soit en longeant la marque ou alors en passant a travers les bois par des chemins amenagés.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Wetland , Plain , Scattered trees and bushes , River , Reedbeds



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit



Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

You can find photos on the Facebook pages: see the links below.


Français: Vous pouvez retrouver des photos sur la page facebook: Faune et flore de la pevele et Les amis du marais de bonnance


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