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Discover The migratory birds of the Somme France

Covering an area of some 17,792 acres, the Baie de Somme is the largest estuary in northern France and a place of rest for birds on long migratory journeys (over 340 species have been recorded here). It is also a breeding ground for some of Europe's less common species, such as the Great Bittern and the Garganey. You will also find a colony of common seals which has re-established itself here, having nearly died out in the 50s.

  • The Somme, a hub for migratory birds, The migratory birds of the Somme, The fauna and flora, Picardy
    The Somme, a hub for migratory birds

    Migrating birds use the Bay of the Somme both as a resting place and a nesting area.

    © David Acosta Allely / 123RF
  • The cattle egret, The migratory birds of the Somme, The fauna and flora, Picardy
    The cattle egret

    These wading birds from the ardeidae family often live close to freshwater.

    © Svetlana Foote / 123RF
  • The great egret, The migratory birds of the Somme, The fauna and flora, Picardy
    The great egret

    The white heron is also known as the little egret and can be found in humid areas.

    © wklzzz/123RF
  • The pied avocet, The migratory birds of the Somme, The fauna and flora, Picardy
    The pied avocet

    The pied is the only species of avocet in Europe. These birds are found in humid areas, such as swamps.

    © Danilo Djekovic / 123RF
  • The greylag goose, The migratory birds of the Somme, The fauna and flora, Picardy
    The greylag goose

    This bird belongs to the anatidae family and is an ancestor of the domesticated goose.

    © Tania & Jim Thomson / 123RF
  • The grey heron, The migratory birds of the Somme, The fauna and flora, Picardy
    The grey heron

    The grey heron mainly feeds on fish. When hunting, it can remain still for long periods of time as it stakes out its prey.

    © Kuningaskotka / 123RF
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