The site lies in the Charente river valley and is easily accessible from the town. It is part of the alluvial plain that borders the river from Cognac to the sea. The site is best visited during spring (April to June). Along with a national decline, the Corn Crake was last observed during breeding season at la Palu in 2018. It is worth being on the lookout in spring. During breeding season Zitting Cisticola, Reed Bunting, Corn Buntingand Eurasian Hobby can be seen. During winter Great Cormorant and Cattle Egret come to roost on the island.
Best way to visit is by foot although cycles are allowed. The train station is 2km from the site. The nearest car park is on the east bank and others can be found anywhere in town. Click on the P in the map to get directions.
Terrain and HabitatWetland, Plain, Grassland, River, Reedbeds
ConditionsFlat, Open landscape, High water possible, Swampy
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitSpring
RouteNarrow trail, Wide path
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle
Birdwatching hide / platformNo
The alluvial plain of the Charente river is a combo of wetland habitats that are worth a visit if you're in the area.