Bird and Nature festival in the Bay of Somme - North of France
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The Bird and Nature Festival

  • 400nature excursions
  • 4,379photos

A festival at the heart of the Somme Bay

Nature excursions

If there's one thing you're bound to enjoy in the Somme Bay, it's the Bird and Nature Festival. Spring is the best time for birdwatching, and this annual festival offers nine days of immersion in nature for the whole family.

During the festival, you can choose from nearly guided tours on foot, horseback, in dugouts or on bicycles, to explore the wonders of nature. 

But the fun doesn't stop there! The Bird and Nature Festival also holds two international competitions: a photo competition and a film competition. They are open to professionals and amateurs, even children!

To be sure to book the right excursion, book online on the Festival website. There's something for everyone so you're bound to have a good time!


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Canoe dans les hortillonnages© Club de Kayak de Rivery
le Hourdel observation phoque par une petite fille, Somme©Nicolas Bryant
guide baie de Somme©Maxim Marzi
Famille en sortie nature, traversée de la Baie de Somme©Stéphane Bouilland

The guides

Sharing their enthusiasm


There are about 50 nature guides who pull out all the stops to offer the best excursions possible to the top spots every year!

Nowadays, you're spoilt for choice: 400 nature excursions, including classic bay crossings and seal-watching. This is also the best time for out-of-the-ordinary excursions such as watching from hunters' huts, harvesting and cooking, land art, nocturnal trips, dugout rides, horse-riding, watercolour painting, photography lessons and kids' workshops. 


"Being a nature guide is not just a job. It's my passion!"
Sortie nature, festival de l'Oiseau, Baie de Somme©Stéphane Bouilland
Sortie nature avec un guide Qualinat©Jean-Michel Lecat
Sortie nature à la découverte de la GorgeBleue©Stéphane Bouilland
rando equestre bas champs ponthoile, Somme©ThierryBizet

For little hands

and feet


The Bird and Nature Festival is always held during the school holidays, so special nature trips, events and workshops are laid on for kids, such as the "Seaside Detective" excursion run by Maxime Marzi and the "Kids' Walk" run by Découvrons la baie. Jean Boucault, a birdsong whistler, lays on annual excursions for youngsters including a "goose poop" excursion to a farm in Ponthoile! 


Let's talk ToHenri Sannier

President of the Bird and Nature Festival

"We live at an amazing site. Over 300 bird species come every year to the Somme Bay. The festival promotes this well-preserved natural heritage so that we can all explore and enjoy it."