The Marsh of Brouage
kilometres in the marsh of Brouage, an unforgettable drive
From Marennes, go north on the
D3 road in the direction of Hiers and Brouage. After about 3 km, at the
entry of the village of Hiers', level with the church, take the road to
the left which leads directly to Brouage and go through Hiers and
continue straight ahead on the D238.
Going along by the side of canals
through the middle of the salted meadows, one finds here a landscape
typical of the marsh area. After about 3 km on this D238, go left onto a
small, very quiet road. Be careful not to miss it because the sign for
Brouage is not easy to see. This small road leads to Brouage.
on these small sinuous roads brings a new delight. It is a paradise of
herons, egrets, storks, …
At one moment, on your right-hand side, a short distance
away, it is possible to see a nest of storks in a field. Near a small
bridge on a canal, you will find a little information board which gives
a summary of the wealth to be found in the marshes.
More than 150 types of birds
"More than 150 types of birds frequent the swamps of Brouage. It is a
nesting place for herons and egrets.
As far as the white storks are
concerned, they have nested there since 1978, helped by various bodies,
notably the ornithological group Aunis-Saintonge which installs
artificial nests for them.
At the present time, 15 pairs live on the
marsh of Brouage .
There are plenty of sparrows to be seen as well as
rarer species such as whiskered tits.
All of them find plenty of food
and the insectivores do not hesitate to draw from the vast reservoir
offered by lepidoptera, butterflies, and dragonflies. Marshes offer a
very privileged environment for the preservation and development of a
large variety of birds and are internationally of interest because they
are used as a stopping place for large populations of migratory birds".