Bird reserve of Marquenterre
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Marquenterre, a stopover for birds

  • 300species of migratory birds
  • 3circuits
  • 12observation posts

At the heart of the nature reserve 

a refuge for birds

Marquenterre park boasts 200 hectares of dunes, forests and marshes in the Somme Bay nature reserve. For 40 years it has been a hotspot for ornithologists in Europe as a refuge for thousands of migratory birds.

Whatever the season, you can watch thousands of birds of over 300 species (waders, shorebirds, water birds, perching birds and birds of prey) without disturbing them. 

There are 3 circuits (green: 45 minutes; blue: 1hr 30 min; red: 2hrs). Nature guides await you at the 12 observation posts, to explain about the birds and give insights into how they live in the wild. Marquenterre is a favourite stopover point for the birds on their journey between Scandinavia and Mauritania.

Every day at 10.30 am and 2.00 pm, you can enjoy a special introductory session with one of the nature guides.

The park also organises introductory courses on nature photography and animal drawings.


parc du marquenterre, Somme(c) ADRT80
Héron, Somme©FLeonardi
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St-Quentin Marquenterre, Somme©FLeonardi

New excursions

> Birdsong and etymology excursions
> High tide excursions
> High tide mark excursions 
> Eventide excursions 

Workshops for families

From 4 July to 31 August and during the half-term holidays in October :
- Claws, wings and beaks on Tuesday from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm
- Art (sculpture, sketching, land art) on Tuesday and Thursday from 1.00 am to 5.30 pm
- Migration on Thursday from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm


> Nature meets: from April to November on Saturday at 9.00 am (except for a few dates): special tour of the park before it opens to the public. 18 € per adult 10 € per children.
> Listening to birdsong: from April to June on Saturday at 9.00 am (except for a few dates).
> Summer schedule: from 13/07 to 31/08 on Wednesday at 6.00 pm with a degustation.


Marquenterre park
80120 Saint-Quentin-en-Tourmont  

Practical Information

A hotspot for ornithologists in Europe, as a refuge for thousands of migratory birds including waders, shorebirds, water birds, perching birds and birds of prey.
caleche parc du Marquenterre, Somme@Nathanael Hermann
marquenterre, Somme(c) ADRT80

Calendrier des migrations


Let's talk ToPhilippe Carruette


"Marquenterre park is a great place for meeting and sharing. It's where the sea meets the land, where the dunes meet the marshland, where freshwater meets salt, and where we meet birds from all over Europe, and where you get to meet those who work here all year round".