Pointe de Chassiron

Charente-Maritime  >  France

At the far point of the island of Oléron, called la pointe de Chassiron, you find a great spot for observing seabirds!

Added* by Owen Camus
Most recent update 19 September 2021


Pointe de Chassiron is located at the end of the island of Oléron, and probably the most interesting place for the observation of pelagic birds (= seawatch), like Northern Gannet, Common Guillemot or even Balearic Shearwater.

The best time to observe seabirds, like any bird for that matter, is from dawn until noon. The only really interesting period for the seawatch is fall. You will then be able to observe a very large diversity of open sea birds, such as: Greylag Goose, Brent Goose, Common Eider, Common Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser, Slavonian Grebe (Horned Grebe), Great Crested Grebe, Great Skua, Common Guillemot, Razorbill, Sabine's Gull, Black-headed Gull, Little Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Little Tern, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Red-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver (Common Loon), European Storm Petrel, Balearic Shearwater, Northern Gannet and finally European Shag.

During migration, it is also possible to observe a large number of passerines and Anatidae.

NB: a Spotless Starling has been nesting for several years under the tiles of the most advanced house with Common Starling.


Français: Située au bout de l'île d'Oléron, la pointe de Chassiron est probablement le lieu le plus intéressant pour l'observation des oiseaux pélagiques (=seawatch), comme le Northern Gannet , le Common Guillemot ou encore le Balearic Shearwater .

Le meilleur moment pour observer les oiseaux marins, comme tout oiseau d'ailleurs, c'est dès l'aube, et jusqu'à midi. La seule période réellement intéressante pour le seawatch, c'est l'automne. Vous pourrez alors observer une très grand diversité d'oiseaux de pleine mer, comme :Greylag Goose , Brent Goose , Common Eider , Common Scoter , Red-breasted Merganser , Slavonian Grebe (Horned Grebe) , Great Crested Grebe , Great Skua , Common Guillemot , Razorbill , Sabine's Gull , Black-headed Gull , Little Gull , Mediterranean Gull , Common Gull , Herring Gull , Yellow-legged Gull , Lesser Black-backed Gull , Great Black-backed Gull , Little Tern , Sandwich Tern , Common Tern , Red-throated Diver , Great Northern Diver (Common Loon) , European Storm Petrel , Balearic Shearwater , Northern Gannet et enfin European Shag .

Lors de le migration, il est aussi possible d'observer un grand nombre de passereaux et d'anatidés.​

NB: un Spotless Starling niche depuis plusieurs années sous les tuiles de la maison la plus à la pointe avec des Common Starling .​



It is possible to park in the parking lot at the tip. You can visit the site on foot. You can also visit it by bike but it will be useless because the principle is to remain static behind your telescope.


Français: Il est possible de se garer sur le parking de la pointe. On peut visiter le site à pied. On peut aussi le visiter a vélo mais cela ne servira à rien car le principe est de rester statique derrière sa longue vue...

Terrain and Habitat

Beach , Sea , City/village , Plateau


Flat , No shadow , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

Winter , Autumn

Best time to visit

Autumn migration , Winter , Spring migration , Autumn


Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


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