Rohrmatten - Observatoire Ornithologique

Bas-Rhin  >  France

Located in the heart of the plain of Alsace, the Illwald preserves an exceptional wetland of 2000 hectares recognized at European level.

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Most recent update 1 July 2022
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Rohrmatten is an observatory in the Ried de l'Illwald Nature Reserve. 2000 hectares of forests, wet meadows and marshes, allow the observation of breeding birds (such as Greylag Goose, Purple Heron, Northern Lapwing or Marsh Harrier in the marsh) , many White Stork, or migratory (Osprey). The grasslands are home to the very shy Corn Crake. The forests and meadows offer the possibility of observing European fallow deer (Dama dama), all woodpeckers in France ( Great Spotted Woodpecker , Middle Spotted Woodpecker , Black Woodpecker , Grey-headed Woodpecker and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker ), the Eurasian Nuthatch or the Golden Oriole. The Cuckoo is also very well represented.


Français: Située au coeur de la plaine d'Alsace, l'Illwald préserve une zone humide exceptionnelle de 2000ha reconnue au niveau Européen. 2000ha de forêts, prairies humides et de marais, permettent l'observation d'oiseaux nicheurs (tels que Greylag Goose, Purple Heron , Northern Lapwing ou Marsh Harrier dans le marais), de nombreuses White Stork, ou migrateurs ( Osprey). Les prairies hébergent le très discrêt Corn Crake . Les forêts et prairies offrent la possibilité d'observer le Daim européen (Dama dama), tous les pics de France ( Great Spotted Woodpecker , Middle Spotted Woodpecker , Black Woodpecker , Grey-headed Woodpecker et Lesser Spotted Woodpecker ), les Eurasian Nuthatch ou le Golden Oriole . Le Cuckoo est très bien représenté.



Car park: 48.246467, 7.458826 (to access the observatory, after the bridge next to the car park, follow the path on the right which runs along the road. Pass the footbridges over the small dams and continue to the left, along River). Be careful, the parking lot and access to the trails can be very muddy in wet weather. WHEELCHAIRS: Several paths are wide and flat, so practicable but unfortunately, access to the observatories is not possible.

Watch out for the water level!! The whole area is subject to flooding (alluvial plain). Water levels can be viewed on the website https://www.vigicrues.gouv.fr/ Select the station on the Ill river north of Colmar (Ladhof station) to get an idea. Above 1.2 meters, access to the observatory can be complicated. Above 2m, it is very likely that the paths are no longer passable.


Français: Parking : 48,246467, 7,458826 (pour accéder à l'observatoire, après le pont à côté du parking, suivre le chemin de droite qui longe la route. Passer les passerelles sur les petits barrages et continuer à gauche, le long de la rivière). Attention, le parking et l'accès aux sentiers peut être très boueux par temps humide. En général, praticable en poussette tout terrain. FAUTEUILS ROULANTS : Plusieurs sentiers sont larges et plats, donc praticables mais hélas, l'accès aux observatoires n'est pas possible (séries de palplanches trop étroits + marches).

Attention au niveau d'eau !! Tout le secteur est inondable (plaine alluviale). Les niveaux d'eau sont consultable sur le site https://www.vigicrues.gouv.fr/ Sélectionner la station sur la rivière l'Ill au nord de Colmar (station Ladhof) pour se faire une idée. Au dessus d'1,2 mètres, l'accès à l'observatoire peut être compliqué. Au dessus de 2m, il est très probable que les chemins ne soient plus praticables.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Wetland , Plain , Mud flats , Reedbeds , River , Grassland , Scattered trees and bushes


Flat , Wet , Slippery , High water possible

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit



Wide path , Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Bicycle , Car , Foot , Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform



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