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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.

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The migratory birds of the Somme France
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover The migratory birds of the Somme

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 migratory birds of the Somme

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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