Val d'Auron

Cher  >  France

Very interesting lake for water birds, especially winter visitors (but not only!).

Added* by Hervé
Most recent update 25 June 2021
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Created in 1977, the Val d'Auron lake, has an area of 73 ha and is used for angling, sailing, rowing and kayaking. But there is also space for birds. The lake is protected by law because of its ecological interest. The island on the lake has become a resting place for many species of migratory birds, ducks, geese and swans. In partnership with the League for the Protection of Birds (BirdLife France), the city of Bourges registered this site as a refuge. The lake is especially good for winter visitors.


Français: Créé en 1977, le lac du Val d'Auron offre une superficie de 73 Ha, à moins de 2 km du centre-ville. Très intéressant pour les oiseaux d'eau, notamment les hivernants (mais pas que!). L'île qui agrémente le plan d'eau est vite devenue le point de rendez-vous de nombreuses espèces d'oiseaux migrateurs.



Plenty of places to park around the lake. Best birdwatching area is the south western part of the lake. But you can also make a circular walk (6, 3 km) around the entire lake.


Français: Beaucoup de places pour se garer autour du lac. La meilleure zone d'observation des oiseaux est la partie sud-ouest du lac. Mais vous pouvez aussi faire une promenade circulaire (6, 3 km) autour de tout le lac.

Terrain and Habitat



Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit



Paved road , Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


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Birdwatching hide / platform


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