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Bretagne

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Little Egret Egretta garzetta ©Ashley Beolens Website

The region consists of the Departments of: Cotes d'Armor, Finistere, Ile-de-Vilaine & Morbihan. The traditional Province of Brittany.

Known to the Celts as Argoat (the land in the forests); Brittany can today still seem distinct from the rest of France, with it's own language and culture, although much of the former forests have disappeared. The region can, however, still furnish us with places as diverse as La Grande Brière (the second largest marshland in France); Cap Fréhel and Cap Vauban, and Ile d'Ouessant (possibly better than the Scillies!).

Top Sites

Guerand Salt Pans

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Turn right at the roundabout just before the edge of the town down Rue de la Pigeonaire. Avoid working pans as this annoys the locals. Lots of Bluethroats, Avocets, Black-winged Stilts, etc.

La Grande Brière

Information

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100,000 acres of marshland. Drive until you see a farm track, park the car and explore. Most of the tracks lead to good birding sites. The natives are friendly! From St Joachim take the D50 south. Take 2nd right to Parc des Animaliers. Slightly formal, but excellent birding including good numbers of breeding Bluethroats (there is a charge)

Pointe de Croisic

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Follow signs for Cote Sauvage and seawatch. Loads of shearwaters in August, perhaps just into September.

Contributor

Roy Croucher

Northern France Wildlife Tours

Averton, Mayenne

nfwt@online.fr

http://nfwt.online.fr/

Useful Reading

A Birdwatching Guide to Brittany

Stephanie Coghlan, Arlequin Press 2003 Paperback ?10.95

ISBN: 1900159864

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Books, CDs, etc.

For books on France as a whole and more than one region see the Fatbirder France page…

Oiseaux Marins Nicheurs de Bretagne

by B Cadiou, BIOTOPE Parth?nope 2002

ISBN: 2951037961

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Forums & Mailing Lists

Bretagne

Mailing List

To post to list: obsbzh@yahoogroupes.fr

List contact: Emmanuel Chabot - emchabot@yahoo.fr

To subscribe to list: obsbzh-subscribe@yahoogroupes.fr

Discussion group for local observations, birds andnature in Brittany (French). Members: 215. Archives on-line: ~ 3000 messages. [Most members of Bretagne Vivante (SEPNB) are on this list. There you may ask for an English-speaking birder guide, or any question about watching birds all around the country.]

Guides & Tour Operators

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Birding Pal

Information

Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…

Northern France Wildlife Tours

Tour Operator

Northern France Wildlife Tours Ltd, based in Averton, Mayenne, was born when Roy and Shirley Croucher realised that breeding Black Woodpeckers, Little Bustards and White Storks were well worth stopping for. When they found country lanes lined with orchids and cowslips, over which danced Swallowtail and Clouded Yellow Butterflies and Hummingbird Hawk Moths, they were convinced!

Trip Reports

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CloudBirders

Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2000 [10 October] - Gerard Joannes

Report

Ornithological sites - As with the touristic sites, the places below have been classified geographically from the East to the West…

2002 [04 April] - Gerard Joannes - Morbihan

Report

I stayed in the Gulf of Morbihan from 6 to 17 April 2002. Each day, half a day was dedicated to thalassotherapy, the other half to exploring the region and particularly its ornithological resources. I thoroughly enjoyed both activities…

2004 [06 June] - Geoff Dicker

Report

May this year saw me in France again for another family holiday. We stayed in a rented house in the village of Conquereuil near to Redon. As it was relatively near to le Gâvre forest I made about four early morning trips to this location…

Places to Stay

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Estuary House

Accommodation

If you're a bit of a birder, this is the holiday home for you - especially if you're fascinated by birds that frequent estuaries. We are extremely lucky in that at low tide, all the estuary birds seem to congregate at the bend in the river directly in front of the house, affording us with the most superb view of all their antics…

La Fontaine Rouillée Gites

Accommodation

La Fontaine Rouillée is a lovely spot for a self catering holiday in a friendly, rural area of Cotes d’Armor where our two character country cottages make it is just so easy to relax, unwind and forget the pressures of everyday life, They are situated in beautiful, tranquil countryside near Plessala, a friendly market village, in central Brittany…

Place de L'Eglise

Accommodation

Place de L'Eglise is a 12th century house with a fascinating history. It rests in the centre of the peaceful agricultural village of Averton in Mayenne and has been sympathetically refurbished to the highest standard. The base of your wildlife holiday will be our home where you will find peace and comfort during your stay…

Organisations

Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux en Bretagne

Website

Pour mettre fin au massacre des macareux moines en Bretagne, des hommes et des femmes ont agit en créant la Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux. C'était en 1912. Ces précurseurs ont fait du Macareux moine ( le logo de la LPO) un symbole de la protection de la nature…

Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux en Finistère

Website

Contactez-nous : finistere@lpo.fr includes: Liste des oiseaux observés en Finistère etc.

Société pour l'Etude et la protection de la nature en Bretagne

Website

Bretagne Vivante - 186, rue Anatole France - BP 63121 - 29231 Brest cedex 3 Mis à jour le 07/05/2004

Reserves

The Brière Regional Nature Park

Website

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The progressive desertion of the marshes throughout the 20th century has helped let the reed beds extend to take over natural prairies and bodies of water. Very extensive in the northern half, they have now become the dominant feature of the Briéron countryside: this invasive vegetation is composed essentially of reeds and sedges…

Blogs

De Faune en Flore

Blog

I created my blog about Nature & wildlife with a very special focus on birds, my travel companions. Wherever I am, they are always present and this is with great pleasure I observe, photograph and present them to my readers. As far as possible, I try to educate people by increasing their knowledge of bird species and, more generally, their understanding of the fragility and interconnectivity of ecosystems.

Jardin Miranda

Blog

Miranda Bell - An experienced, RHS qualified gardener and garden designer. Passionate about the huge benefits of creating and designing gardens which not only encourage wildlife but enable you to garden a lot more organically…