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The Cotentin and Bessin marshes welcome




4 à 5 % of french white stork

3% of french Curlew

30% of french des Yellow Wagtail

25 % norman Kentish Plover

25% of norman Sedge Warbler



In Normandy, just an hour’s drive from Cherbourg, the visitor will find some 30 000 ha of wetland in one of the best preserved stretches of hedgerowed countryside in France. The marshes and the Baie des Veys RAMSAR site are a major stopover area for many species of migrant birds in winter. Thousands of ducks and waders, and Barnacle Geese graze on the polders.
On the coast, the Beauguillot national nature reserve is the most important wintering site for ducks in Normandy, many can be seen on the meadows visible from the two freely-accessed public hides. The polders in the south are harbour geese and waders.
Inland, the marshes, reedbeds and water meadows of the Ponts d’Ouve departmental nature reserve are home to Great Egret and Cattle Egrets and Spoonbill. Teal on the water in front of the hides are accompanied by Wigeon, Shoveler, Pintail and Gadwall. It’s possible to warm up once back at the Parc’s visitor centre and visit the “Auprès de nos arbres  - A closer look at our trees” exhibition - free access throughout the winter.
Arrange your stay in the Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin Parc naturel regional whilst at the Maison du Parc visitor centre, many guided visits are organised in conjunction with local tourist offices.
Useful information Maison du Parc  


› Les oiseaux, le Parc, reconnu RAMSAR