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 HabitatWetland, Sea, Dunes, Plain
ConditionsFlat, Open landscape
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitAutumn migration, Winter, Autumn
RouteWide path, Narrow trail
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Birdwatching hide / platformYes
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.
Baie d'Yves, Marais de Brouage, Oléron island