With its 7200 hectares the Bay of Somme is the largest estuary of the North of France. It is an unspoiled place composed of vast areas alternating between dunes, marshes and salt meadows.
Situated on the route of the migrating birds, the Nature reserve of the Bay of Somme, and especially the Marquenterre park, is a peaceful haven for numerous wild birds stopping here to rest. The Bay of Somme also has the unusual feature of being home to a seal colony.
To discover the rich fauna and flora of the Bay of Somme, head to the Marquenterre ornithological park, and the Bay of Somme and bird centre (Maison de la Baie de Somme et de l'Oiseau) in Lanchères.
The small steam train connecting Le Crotoy to Cayeux-sur-Mer is a wonderful way to discover the landscapes of the Bay of Somme.
The Bay of Somme
The Bay of Somme: a unique estuary... The estuary of the Somme surprises by its size: about 70 km². The Bay of Somme is fifteen kilometers deep and 5 km wide, from the tip of Hourdel in Crotoy.
The Somme has two low tides and two high tides per day. About 12 hours apart each low tide. Learn about the tide times!
The Bay of Somme, ornithological treasure featuring the largest seal colony in Europe.
The Bay of Somme is a major crossing sites of migratory birds in France. Lakes, marshes, dunes and salt marshes make up this landscape between land and water. Widgeon, the common shelduck, curlew, oystercatcher stand alongside seals marine calves and sheep of salt meadows. At low tide, you can with a guide through those golden sandbanks, dug ponds.