In the 19th Century, canals were dug to collect a disorderly flow of rivers.

The estuary is used to farm Isigny and Utah Beach oysters (10 000 ton per year for 30 000 tons of Norman oysters). “La Baie des Veys” is also a popular place for fishing, shell gathering and wildfowling.


La baie des veys par Mignard


The bay and surrounding polders form a wetland much appreciated by birds for its peace and abundant food. Thousands of waders and ducks spend the winter in the bay alongside a dozen seals. Beauguillot nature reserve holds a number of rare or protected plant species: the marsh helleborine, the loose-flowered orchid or ophioglossum vulgatum, also known as adderstongue!