MARSHES AND SALT MEADOWS

Throughout the Arcachon Basin, you can discover areas living at the rhythm of the tides, many nature reserves rich in flora and fauna, in a “marsh” type environment, typical of the Atlantic Coast. The Salt meadows are mudflat vegetation, rich in sediment, with a rare biodiversity.

They allowed man to set foot towards the ocean, taming these natural environments. These coveted environments are the result of an almost imperceptible rise of marine soils by sedimentations facilitated by pioneer vegetation in the lower fringe of the shoreline. It was there that we came to graze the sheep, collect shells, harvest the sea leashes, tender nets. It was also where the first were erected, leaving it to the shore to form a new plant waterfront within a few decades. And the story started again. These environments of particular richness also have incalculable virtues: not only do they serve as a place of life or feeding for species that we otherwise exploit (coastal fishing), but they have physical properties to protect the irreplaceable coastline.

The Commune de la Teste de Buch has added a modern hydraulic structure, which allows to regulate the waters: salt water flows towards the Basin, while fresh water flows back into the Salt meadows, recreating the phenomenon of tides while preserving the ecosystem.

FAUNA AND FLORA OF THE ARCACHON BASIN

A very special flora and fauna have specially adapted between land and ocean, very tolerant of the sometimes extreme variations of environment. It is a very rich environment, where animal and plant species evolve according to currents and seasons.

THE SALT MEADOWS OF THE BUCH TEST

The Salt Meadows of the Buch Test. Salt meadows and freshwater marshes rub shoulders on the edge of the Arcachon Basin, at La Teste de Buch, delighting many migratory birds, and also walkers who can enjoy a particular marine area, discover the flora, picnic …

THE WESTERN SALT MEADOWS OF THE BUCH TEST

The West Salt meadows were completely redeveloped in February 2014. A stone’s throw from the Ostreicole Port of La Teste, you can discover this unique nature on foot or by bicycle. The landscape will not be the same depending on the seasons, the level of the tide and migratory birds…

THE SALT MEADOWS OF ARÈS AND LÈGE-CAP-FERRET NATURE RESERVE

To the north of the Arcachon Basin, more than 200 hectares are spread by wild vegetation, which contrasts with a natural environment sometimes “domesticated” by urban facilities. Within this reserve, you can discover, at the turn of a path, marsh sandpipers, edipodes of salt flats, dragonflies, or even cistude turtles.

TEICH ORNITHOLOGICAL RESERVE

Classified as a special protection zone, it is recognized as of international importance for waterbirds. The diversity of its habitats is responsible for the presence of many species throughout the year. 80 of these species nest in the site.

The Reserve has been open to the public since 1972. You can discover along the trails, many species of birds that evolve within the Reserve in peace. In the heart of a preserved environment that delights photographers, you will notice a rich and diverse flora, mixing woods, marshes, meadows punctuated by the waves that delicately join the shores of the Arcachon Basin. To see in peace the 320 species of birds that nest according to the seasons, in the wild, in a preserved wild environment, we advise you to bring binoculars.

The tour is punctuated by numerous wooden huts, immersed in the hollow of the place, which allow you to observe Nature and its winged inhabitants in the heart of sheltered and comfortable posts. You can also enhance your visit with an ornithological discovery led by the naturalists of the Reserve. Young and old alike will be able to“meet the birds of the moment”,“decode their behaviour”, and above all, become aware of the importance of the Reserve and the preserved places.

“The hours between dog and wolf, in the morning as in the evening, are an opportunityto observe unique shows on the Reserve, such as the groupings of the White Spatula, the Great Cormoran or the Great Eggrette.” *

Website dedicated to the Ornithological Reserve: www.reserve-ornithologique-du-teich.com

Website of the Domain of Certain and Graveyron: www.conservatoire-du-littoral.fr/siteLittoral/136/28-domaine-de-certes-et-de-graveyron-33-gironde.htm