Réserve de Baie de Canche

Pas de Calais  >  France

Nature Reserve that occupies an area of 505 hectares in the Canche estuary. The dunes, the river and the mudflats attract thousands of birds.

Added* by PLOUCHARD Didier
Most recent update 27 June 2022


The Baie de Canche Nature Reserve covers part of the right bank of the river of the same name. A set of two environments characterizes this site. On the one hand, the estuary, where the river flows into the sea, is a rich and extremely diverse place of life. On the other hand, the dunes. A large population of birds breed in the dunes, but the the bay and its mudflats are also a stopover point for tens of thousands of migratory birds. Among the birds you can encounter in the area are Eurasian Nightjar, Spoonbill, Dunlin, Eurasian Curlew, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Common Shelduck, Linnet, European Stonechat, Sandwich Tern and Little Egret.


Français: La réserve naturelle nationale de la baie de Canche est une réserve naturelle nationale située dans la région Hauts-de-France. Classée en 1987, elle occupe une surface de 505 hectares au niveau de l'estuaire de la Canche dont 465 ha sur le domaine public maritime.



Réserve de Baie de Canche is open to the general public and there are several trails and bird hides to explore the area. Click on a P in the map to get directions to a parking place. The walking route that is indicated on the map is about 6 km long and starts in the village of Étaples.


Français: La Réserve de Baie de Canche est ouverte au grand public et il existe plusieurs sentiers et observatoires d'oiseaux pour explorer la région. Cliquez sur le P sur la carte pour obtenir l'itinéraire vers une place de parking. L'itinéraire pédestre indiqué sur la carte fait environ 6 km et démarre au village d'Étaples.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Beach , Mud flats , River , Sea , Dunes


Open landscape , High water possible

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring migration , Autumn migration


Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform


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