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St Denis du Payre

Vendee  >  France

Excellent well organised reserve with on site help from students in the summer. 272 birdspecies have been seen here.

Added by Keith Squires

Description

The reserve of St Denis du Payre is part of the Marais Poitevin. The clay soil in the reserve is impermeable and therefore retains rainwater in the "baisses" (wet hollows). This, along with the "belles" (higher, dryer areas), forms a micro-relief which is extremely beneficial to biodiversity. 272 species of bird have been spotted in the reserve.

The migration periods, from late February to May and from late June to October, are very good for birding. You can see migratory birds species like Common RedshankGreen SandpiperLittle StintCurlew Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover and various birds of prey. Between 40 and 50 different species (excluding passerines) can be identified during these periods on a single day. Also Black-winged StiltAvocetEurasian SpoonbillBlack-tailed Godwit and Ruff can be seen. And a great many other.

In winter you can see many geese and ducks and also Common Crane. These birds are accompanied, amongst others, by Short-eared OwlHen HarrierPeregrine FalconMerlin and European Golden-Plover. Even though there are fewer species (about 30 per day) than in the migratory period, the area is definitely worth the visit.

Details

Access

The village of Saint-Denis-du-Payré is halfway between Luçon and l'Aiguillon-sur-Mer, in Vendée, a little over half an hour away from La Rochelle and La Roche-sur-Yon. There is a small car park on site. Suitable for bicycles. Entrance fee is 5 euro (opening times depend on the season, see the link below for info). Situated in the heart of the reserve is a very luxureous hide. The hide has a surface area of 63 m², has adjustable seats and is equipped with 18 telecopes. Nature guides are always there. The visitor center of reserve is located in the village of Saint-Denis-du-Payré, 3 km from the reserve.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland

Conditions

Flat

Circular trail

Yes

Is a telescope useful?

No

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Summer

Route

Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail

Easy

Accessible by

Bicycle, Car, Wheelchair, Foot

Birdwatching hide / platform

Yes

Links

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