Réserve Naturelle de l'Estuaire de la Seine

Seine Maritime  >  France

Great birding right next to the Normandy Bridge with small paths that wind through the marshes of the Seine estuary.


The Seine estuary is one of the three largest estuaries in France, together with the Loire and the Gironde. The Réserve Naturelle de l'Estuaire de la Seine is a vast wetland near Le Havre of almost 10,000 hectares, which shelters a set of typical and remarkable environments on a European scale - subtidal environments, mud flats, salt meadows, ponds, reed beds, wet meadows - at the interface between land and sea. A paradise for birds. A part of the estuary that is very easy accessible for birders is the area along the Normandy Bridge. Among the birds you can see here are Bearded Tit, Northern Wheatear, Bluethroat, Eurasian KestrelCuckoo, Meadow Pipit and Hen Harrier.


Français: L’estuaire de la Seine fait partie des trois plus grands estuaires de France avec la Loire et la Gironde. Une vaste zone humide de près de 10 000 hectares, qui abrite un ensemble de milieux typiques et remarquables à l’échelle européenne - milieux subtidaux, vasières, prés salés, mares, roselières, prairies humides - à l’interface entre terre et mer. Super promenade sur le Marais. Des petits chemins serpentes à travers le marais. Prévoir des bottes par temps humide.



You can park at the rest area of the Normandy bridge (Pont the Normandie). Click on the P on the map to get directions. There is a visitor center (see the link below) and you can walk on both sides of the bridge and on small paths that wind through the marsh. Bring boots in wet weather.


Français: Aire de repos du Pont de Normandie dans les 2 sens. La promenade se fait uniquement à pied. Prévoir des bottes par temps humide.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland, Reedbeds


Flat, Swampy, No shadow

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Summer, Spring

Best time to visit



Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

There is a small observation deck for the Bluethroat and the Bearded Tit.


Français: Il y a un petit ponton d'observation pour les Bluethroat et les Bearded Tit.


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Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here


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