The Cotentin and Bessin Marshlands

Marshes and polders fit harmoniously into a traditional boscage landscape.


Meadows, grazed or mowed, are criss-crossed with ditches and dotted with peat bogs; these have been created in the wetland that stretches out to the sea, to the east and to the west. The marshlands are inhabited by characteristic flora and fauna; the landscapes here have two faces, changing with the seasons.


Marais du cotentin et du bessin


La Maison du Parc


The best way to understand this particular environment is to visit “la Maison du Parc”. Here, nearly 500 m² of themed areas enable you to go on a fun sensorial tour of the wetland (exhibition, film about the seasons, panoramic view-point, boutique, lounge...).
Outside, look-outs have been built on the edge of a lake, in a sensitive natural area of about a hundred hectares. From there, on your own or with a nature guide, you can observe birds in their natural environment.


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Fauna and flora


The park welcomes 4-5% of France's white storks and 30% of France's western yellow wagtails, for example.

In autumn, several dozen or sometimes hundreds or thousands of birds pass through the park to reach their wintering area. A not-to-be-missed show

The park also boasts 4,600 km of hiking paths, including 18 interpretive trails so you can learn while you walk! You can also discover the park by bike, on horseback, on a donkey, as well as aboard a boat or a canoe.




Where to see nature


Bocage, dunes, estuaries, moors, rivers, marshes, peatlands… the park has a wide diversity of environments. On the sea side, the Beauguillot Nature Reserve welcomes numerous birds for the winter, visible from the 2 observatories accessible free of charge. On the marsh side, the flooded grasslands of Les Pont d'Ouve provide refuge for large wading birds like great egrets, cattle egrets or spoonbills. From the observatories surrounding the water, observe teals, wigeons, pintails and more.


In winter,

on the horizon, sky and water merge: flooded marshes are said to be "white", and almost seem to turn the Cotentin peninsula into an island.

In the spring,

rivers return to their beds. In the vast prairies, fish give way to cows, horses and birds.