Parc du Marquenterre, located in the heart of the Baie de Somme National Nature Reserve, is the ideal place to observe nature, and especially birds. For 40 years, this protected area has been an ornithological high point in Europe. 200 ha of marshes, dunes and reed beds located between land and sea where the birds stop over for a few days to recharge their batteries during their migration while others come here to overwinter or breed.
A BRIEF HISTORY Parc du Marquenterre is a region shaped by man. In the 1950s, 200 hectares of land were reclaimed from the sea to grow tulips. Later, in the spring of 1973, the site was transformed into an ornithological park. In 1986, it became the property of the Conservatoire du Littoral and incorporated the Baie de Somme Nature Reserve in 1994. Today, it’s managed by the Syndicat Mixte Baie de Somme-Grand Littoral Picard. ntègre la Réserve Naturelle de la Baie de Somme en 1994. Aujourd'hui, il est géré par le Syndicat Mixte Baie de Somme-Grand Littoral Picard.
DIFFERENTS ROUTES Several possibilities are available to you to visit the Park: 3 courses, a carriage exit ....
For children: Select your course according to their curiosity and endurance.
Spring and summer are good seasons for the youngest: the birds build their nest, incubate the eggs and raise their young.
SPECIALLY BUILT OBSERVATION POSTS
In the posts, you will meet guides who explain and show you through their long view the behavior of birds. Put yourself in the shoes of an ornithologist: guess their attitudes, try to count them, recognize them ...
Benches inside are arranged for easy observation.
EXCURSIONS AND WORKSHOPS
Make the most of the guided tours and workshops available on site to understand the secret life of birds: how their beaks and feathers form, migration...
For children: Events to introduce them to the bird world are arranged during school holidays.
A DISCOVERY OVER THE SEASONS
Hivernage, migration, nesting ... find the park calendar month by month.
Take time out at the Maison du Parc to get something to eat or relax. The Tablée du Marquenterre restaurant and bar provide an opportunity to discover the flavours of the Baie de Somme.
For hildren: A special "Bout de Choux" menu for tiny tots is available from €9.50. And while they’re waiting to be served, they can spend a few moments in the shop with its books, games and other treats.
If you’re looking for an ideal gift for your family or friend, or simply want to bring home a souvenir, the Park’s nature shop is a true treasure trove: games, books, delicacies and so on. Treat yourself!
As for the essentials, toilets can be found in the Maison du Parc with a baby change area. Otherwise, you’ll find dry toilets at the half-way point.