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.
These wading birds from the ardeidae family often live close to freshwater.© Svetlana Foote / 123RF
The white heron is also known as the little egret and can be found in humid areas.© wklzzz/123RF
The pied is the only species of avocet in Europe. These birds are found in humid areas, such as swamps.© Danilo Djekovic / 123RF
This bird belongs to the anatidae family and is an ancestor of the domesticated goose.© Tania & Jim Thomson / 123RF
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