Réserve de Moëze-Oléron

Charente-Maritime  >  France

Moëze-Oléron nature reserve is split between a maritime and a continental part. The latter, accessible, comprises polders, dunes and bushes.

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Moëze-Oléron nature reserve is a national and international major site for wintering and migrating birds in the East Atlantic flyway: 60 000 waders and 30 000 waterfowls stop or pass through each winters. The bushes right next to the visitor centre is a perfect spot for migrating passerines. The mudflats on the beach is best visited during high tides when waders are closer to the shore and big flocks fly over to roost in the reserve.



By car: park at the visitor centre (Ferme de Plaisance).

By bike: 1-2 hour from Rochefort.

By bus: buses depart from Rochefort train station and can get you closer from the reserve. You'd still need to walk to get the reserve.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland, Sea, Dunes, Plain


Flat, Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Autumn migration, Winter, Autumn


Wide path, Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

Guided tours are offered by the reserve staff. Please check their website (see the link below). No dogs allowed in the reserve. Dogs are allowed on a leash on the beach only.


View birdingplaces in the area that are published on Birdingplaces.eu


Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here


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