Nature in the Vendée
In the Vendée approximately 2,500 hectares of nature have been opened for the public to walk and to cycle through the woods, along the rivers and marshes and of course along the coast. Along the coast between the northern point of the island Noirmoutier and the coast of the bay of Aiguillon, you will find plants and birds of all kinds of plumage. This varies from Mediterranean plants and a great variety of birds. Because of the gentle climate a lot of birds hibernate in our region during the winter. For a list of which birds stay here in the winter please consult our Birds page. Because of the high tide difference, at low water you can find a lot of sea animals on the beach. This varies from large red starfish to big crabs.
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Rivers, marshes in the Vendée
The large marsh areas by the sea are very rich and alternating with regard to nature. In and around the rivers in these areas you will find otters, coypus, river crayfish, wagtail etc. In fact too much to mention. In the south of the Vendée you can make splendid boat excursions in an area which is called green Venice. This is an ideal way to discover the nature of the Vendée. Also in the marshes form Le Perrier – “promonade en Yole” along the great Perrier canal in a traditional wooden boat.