Prairies de Marnay

Saône-et-Loire  >  France

The wet meadows of Marnay are located at the mouth of the Grosne and the Saône. A large pond in the middle of the meadow attracts many birds.

Added* by Alexis Révillon
Most recent update 22 February 2023


Prairies de Marnay is one of the largest ornithological sites in Burgundy to observe birds on a migratory stopover. During the migration period you can observe most species of wetland birds from Western Europe such as Northern Pintail, Spoonbill, Common Shelduck, Whimbrel, Black Stork or the Caspian Tern. During the nesting period White Stork is common as well as Cattle Egret but also grassland birds like Whinchat. The site also attracts rare birds such as Purple Swamphen in summer.


Français: Les prairies humides de Marnay sont situées à l'embouchure de la Grosne et de la Saône, une grande mare au milieu de la prairie attire beaucoup d'oiseaux. Les prairies humides de Marnay est l'un des plus grands sites ornithologiques de Bourgogne pour observer les oiseaux en halte migratoire. En période de migration on peut y observer la plupart des espèces d'oiseaux de zone humide d'europe occidental comme le Northern Pintail , la Spoonbill , la Common Shelduck , le Whimbrel, la Black Stork ou encore la Caspian Tern . En période de nidification la White Stork est commune ainsi que le Cattle Egret mais aussi les oiseaux prairiaux comme le Whinchat. Le site attire aussi les oiseaux rares comme la Purple Swamphen en été.



Access to the site is via the village of Marnay. You can either park in the village or in the car parks on the banks of the Saône. Click on a P in the map for directions. The circular route indicated on the map is about 8 km.


Français: On accède au site par le village de Marnay. On peut soit se garer dans le village soit sur les parkings au bord de la Saône. Cliquez sur un P dans la carte pour les directions. L'itinéraire circulaire indiqué sur la carte est d'environ 8 km.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Plain , Grassland , River , City/village


Flat , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

Spring , Autumn

Best time to visit

Spring migration , Autumn migration , Autumn , Spring


Paved road , Wide path , Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform


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