Parc du Marquenterre

Man and Nature meet

At the heart of the Baie de Somme Nature Reserve, the Parc du Marquenterre is a special place where Man and Nature can meet.


During your visit, you will fall in love with the area where hundreds of species of birds stop on their migration from Europe to Africa.


You can choose to meet one of our nature guides, discover the flora and fauna of Baie de Somme, enjoy a regional dish with friends and family, go for a horse-drawn cart ride on the Bay's sandy beaches... So many ideas to make it a special visit in all seasons!

 


 

 

2014 Opening hours

From 01/01 to 05/01 : From 10 am till 5 pm, every day

From  06/01 to 15/02 : From 10 am till 5 pm Saturday and Sunday

From 16/02 to 28/03 : From 10 am till 6 pm, every day

From 29/03 to 28/09 : From 10 am till 7 pm, every day

From 29/09 to 11/11 : From 10 am till 6 pm, every day

From 12/11 to 19/12 : From 10 am till 5 pm Saturday and Sunday

From 20/12 to 31/12 : From 10 am till 5 pm, every day

Closed on January 1st and December 25th

Access to the course until 2am before the closure of

 

Dogs cannot join you on your visit to the park, but you can leave your pet in a kennel for free, on presentation of ID.

 

Site accessible only during "sensory awakening" guided tours. Information on accessibility: +33 (0)3 22 25 68 99

2014 Prices

Adult ticket: 10.50€ - Child ticket up to 16 years : €7.90 (free under 6 years)
Family pass (2 adults and 2 children): €33.80 (Child supp. : €6.50)

Taken out Carriage 2 hours: €19.50

Natural visit: adult: 15€ - Child: 10€

Adult membership: €40 / Child: €25
Binoculars can be rented on presentation of ID: €4 / person.
Bike rental for half a day: €9 /person

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Parc du Marquenterre
25 bis chemin des Garennes
80120 Saint-Quentin-en-Tourmont

Tél: +33 (0)3 22 25 68 99
Fax: +33 (0)3 22 25 20 79


GPS: N 50.26406° - E 1.58569°



email: parc.marquenterre@baiedesomme.fr

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Between land and sky, close to 640 acres of dunes, forests and marshes at the heart of the Nature Reserve, the Parc du Marquenterre is a preserved area that will win you over with its unique landscapes and natural wealth. Over 360 species of birds have been observed, as many as in Camargue, which is 15 times larger!

Every season, interest is renewed with the comings and goings of migratory birds and the cycle of life.


 

The Park in original version

A dozen hideouts, on three different paths, enable you to discover the species of birds in the estuary.

Red Path (1 hour, 2 km)

Blue Path (2 hours, 4 km)
Green Path (3 hours, 6 km)

> Map of the Park

 

Guides that are at your service

In some of the hideouts, you will meet our nature guides, who will watch the birds with you to help you decipher their life. Ask questions, they are there to inform you throughout your visit.

 

 

Everyday from 10.30 am to 2.00 pm

You can also enjoy our "initiation" visits to become familiar with the Park. One of our nature guides will guide you through the fist hideouts, a personal introduction to the Nature Reserve.

 

The Baie de Somme in a horse-drawn cart

Head out to discover the biodiversity of Baie de Somme with our draught horses and a nature guide.

Accessible to all, this tour is particularly recommended for people with reduced mobility.

From 1 to 4 hours – Please book

 

Wildlife Photography

Hide rental, beginners' lessons and courses are organised all year round.

 

 

Awakening your senses

Equipped with an antenna, your guide will take you to listen to nature. In your headphones, you will hear the flight of insects, birdsong, rustling...

This tour is recommended for visually impaired or blind people.

Every Sunday morning from April to June - Meet at 9.00 am - Please book

 

Behinds the scenes in the Park

This guided tour takes you through the special moment before the park opens to the public.

Every Saturday morning from April to September - Meet at 9.00am - Please book

 



Change the scenery for your meetings

You can organise a tailor-made programme: mix work and outdoor activities to boost your teams. Choose a unique location to organise your work meetings.

 

Work

Two conference rooms with full audiovisual and IT equipment are available. They seat up from 15 to 80 participants.

 

Eating

For lunch, La Tablée du Marquenterre serves delicious food cooked with regional produce. Here, the watchword  is friendliness.

For larger gatherings, a hot or cold buffet can be served.

 

Take part in green action

With our nature guide, experience a day in their daily life. As field workers, you will be made aware of the impact of human activities on ecosystems and the major issues affecting the Baie de Somme.

 

Information: parc.marquenterre@baiedesomme.fr / +33 (0)3 22 25 68 99



Join

unlimited access card valid 1 year from your first visit.

Adult card: €40

Children's card: €25

 

 

Nature made to measure
All year round, exhibitions, conferences and activities are organised in the park. You can request a private tour with a guide, enjoy a wildlife photography course, rent hides...



The friends' blog
More information on the park is available on the blog: www.marquenterrenature.com. New photos everyday, results from bird counts carried out by guides and park rangers, the artists corner, etc...
Wildlife photography courses are presented.

 

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Educational aim
Educational visit based on the observation and interpretation of species behaviour (ethology) depending on the seasons (migration, nesting, etc) The work carried out by staff in the reserve is explained (managing the environment, ringing, inventory, etc) as well as the other treasures of the site: mammals, insects, plants, etc...
If you want to organise a special programme for a group of pupils, please contact the education team.

> Discover the workshops and guided visits



The Park has several offers that will enable you to discover this preserved area: guided visits, private outings, rides in horse-drawn carriages, workshops.

 

Guided visits:

"Discovering the Parc du Marquenterre" - Lasts: 2h: Decipher the mysteries of a Natural environment that changes with the seasons.

"Living Baie de Somme" - Lasts: 3h: Explore the estuary's plants, learn how dunes form and about wading birds...

"Privilege Outings" - Lasts 3h: From dawn, start exploring the world of birds

"Behind the scenes in the Park” or "Awakening the senses" - Lasts: 3h 

Other themed outings can be organised, for example wildlife photography, sketching, etc.

The Restaurant "La Tablée du Marquenterre" - 60 places

Guided visits in a horse-drawn cart - Last 2h or 4h 

Private evenings (maximum 100 people)

Venue rental: 3 conference rooms seating from 20 to 80 people.

Bike rental (30 bikes available).



Enjoy a natural meal

At the heart of the pine woods, La Tablée du Marquenterre serves regional and authentic cuisine. Depending on the season, you can sit at a table close top the fireplace or on the terrace. The menu changes with the seasons but always includes regional produce. Lunchtimes only


The region in your plate
On the menu: creamy Sea Aster soup, cockle pasta, Picardy mussels, buckthorn pâté, seasonal fruit bites...
A special "regional produce" menu can be savoured during the Festival de l'Oiseau.

 

 


Snacks
Outside, snack stands sell original sandwiches, fresh fruit juice, iced soups, etc.



Located at the heart of the Baie de Somme nature reserve, the Parc du Marquenterre is an example of sustainable development whether it be in the management of the visitor centre (waste sorting, energy-saving light bulbs), the activities offered to the public (environmentally friendly transport, observing the wildlife and plants, educational workshops) or the way the area is maintained (balanced biotopes, controlling the water levels which enables various species to find a place to feed and reproduce).

in 2011, the Visitor Centre adopts an environmental responsibility process.

Through the environmental management of natural areas, the Parc du Marquenterre takes into account changes in the climate and its consequences on birds and the way in which they adapt to the new conditions.

The Parc du Marquenterre is taking part in the setting up of a "Carbon footprint" programme in the framework of the Environmental management system (EMS), in partnership with the ADEME. Day-to-day, this action should ensure:

- water management,

- waste sorting,

- using local suppliers,

- transport in electric vehicles.



SIMPLIFY YOUR VISIT

First visits
Special tours for individual visitors are organised everyday from 10.30am to 2.00pm. With the help of a nature guide, discover the most remarkable areas in the park and learn to decipher the environment.

Kennel
Because dogs are not allowed in the park, even on lead, single free kennels are available at the entrance.
Please show ID

Binoculars
You can rent binoculars, they are strongly recommended to enjoy the visit.
€4 - Please show ID

Baby services
A change table, high chairs and a microwave are available for those with young children.

Bike rental
You can rent bikes to explore the baie and the surrounding area. Check out the routes on www.baiecyclette.com
 
Picnics
A sheltered picnic area is open all year round.

Our visitors' comments

the opinion of Cassandre on Parc du Marquenterre
28 years: An unforgettable experience

At the heart of the natural reserve of the Somme, the Marquenterre Park is a magnificent field of observation and research. Dunes, forests, marshes and meadows are ideal for observing wildlife and flora very diverse and a place to live and stop of choice for migrating wild birds (herons, storks, tits, thrushes, blackbirds , Smew, White-fronted Geese, sparrows, ducks ...). The learning experience is exciting, and specialized guides will tell you all about nesting, migration, reproduction and behavior of animals and other scientific curiosities.

 

the opinion of Matthieu on Parc du Marquenterre
25 years: Harmony

Good example of harmony between man and nature

the opinion of Amandine et David on Parc du Marquenterre
32 years: Respect for nature

Finally a quiet, nice and quiet where man meets nature

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