If you are a keen bird watcher or just interested in general wildlife

Le Grange Gites is ideally located

Cattle Egret (in the Garden)

Black Kite (Briere Reserve)

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White Stork with 3 Young (Briere Reserve)

For the British birder, Brittany offers great birding with its huge variety of habitats, salt marshes, cliffs, estuaries, canals, rivers, sand dunes, open fields, marshes, shingle beaches and bars, ancient woodland and moor land

On the coast, Puffins, Razorbills, Guillemots, Red billed chough and ravens can bee seen

Within the forests 6 species of woodpeckers can be found, Inc Grey Headed Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker and Middle spotted Woodpecker, also crested tit can be found

There are many exceptional nature reserves, two local to us are Sene and Suscinio. These are excellent areas and hold many species and are highly recommended within the birding guides. In addition the reserve at Suscinio is an ideal place for all the family as it has a château overlooking the sea. Behind  the chateau is  the beach car park where there is a huge reserve with many breeding birds, inc Avocet, Black winged Stilt, Marsh Harrier, Blue throat, Fan tailed warble, Bearded tit, Sacred Ibis, and many more. Just opposite the reserve is the 10km long sandy beach so all the family can go and you can go birding in peace!

Please see the visiting birder field reports page (above)

When to visit:

November to March:

Wintering Geese, ducks and waders within the gulf de Morbihan. Black woodpeckers are easier to find during february as they begin to nest.

April to June:

Resident birds already breeding, Inc herons, spoonbills, buntings, pipits, marsh, Montague and hen harriers and red-billed chough

July to August:

Quieter with many species about a good search of the reserves and woodlands will reveal good numbers of birds

September:

Migrants start arriving Inc juveniles geese and ducks also begin to arrive

  October to November:

Many birds migrating, and like the Scilly isles, the Ile d'Ouessant is a hot spot

If you would like a good birding guide I use “A Birdwatching guide to Brittany” by “Stephanie Coghlan” priced at about £10 it is invaluable if you come birding it contains good quality descriptions of many places in Brittany and decent maps showing hides, car parks, footpaths etc. (this book is available through www.birdnet.co.uk )

I have taken some photos of the reserves and birds that I have seen and will update the web site with any new ones I get if I am lucky, a few nice birds that we have had in the garden at Le Grange Gites are, Cattle egret, Hoopoe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Snipe, Icterine Warbler, Fire Crest, Tree Sparrows nesting in the walls, Short toed tree creeper and turtle doves, also within the rivers streams and lakes you may come across a large beaver type animal a “coypu” I have seen these many times now especially at Suscinio either around the chateau or at the reserve

So if you fancy a good birding trip then as I have said we are perfectly located with the coast 30mins to the south the large forests from 15mins to 45mins away mainly to the east for the woodpeckers and Sene about 30mins away to the south and with Suscinio 40 mins away also to the south in addition the reserves of Duer and the sea watching post of Pointe de Penvins are located close to Suscinio

Links to bird reserves:

www. reserve de sene .com

http://perso.orange.fr/michelhp/morbihan2005.html (Good site with many pictures)

www.parc-naturel-briere.fr

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