Pointe de la Coubre

Charente-Maritime  >  France

Pointe de la Coubre is a 5km stable sandspit at the end of the Coubre forest. Pines/tamarisks are scattered in the dunes around a saltmarsh and a reedbed.

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Most recent update 26 May 2020


Pointe de la Coubre becomes very interesting during spring and autumn migration, just before or after birds cross the Gironde. Migrating species include Osprey, Marsh Harrier, Caspian Tern, Ring Ouzel, Pied Flycatcher.

Breeding species include Bluethroat, Crested Lark, Tawny Pipit, Zitting Cisticola, Linnet, Western Bonelli's Warbler. On the ocean side of the beach breeds Kentish Plover which nests are fenced and protected every year.

Wintering species include Common Scoter, Great Skua and all sorts of waders and ducks (Red Knot, Common Ringed Plover, Eurasian Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover). ​



How to get there: By bike - bike trails from Rochefort (60km) and Royan (20km). Follow "Phare de la Coubre". By car - Follow "Phare de la Coubre" to get to the car park. Free car park but closed at night.

How to visit: on foot only, free access. From the car park, go south and follow the dunes. You can go to the very end of the sandpit that faces La Palmyre across the strait (5km one way, 10km round trip by foot).

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Scattered trees and bushes , Wetland , Beach , Mud flats , Sea , Dunes , Reedbeds


Flat , Sandy , Wet , Open landscape , Dusty

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Spring , Winter , Autumn

Best time to visit

Spring migration , Autumn migration


Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

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Birdwatching hide / platform



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