La Réserve Naturelle d’Yves: Considered one of the best places to go bird-watching on the Atlantic coast, this nature reserve has a variety of habitat including mudflats, lagoons, dunes, wet meadows and tamarisk hedges. You can go on your own or take one of many different types of guided visits, including those done at twilight, on a bicycle, in a kayak or even on horseback. It is situated between the coastal towns of Chatellaillon and Fouras around a 25 minute drive from us.
Marais Poitevin is the largest marsh on the Atlantic coast and the second largest in France. Extending across three departments (Vendée, Deux-Sèvres, and Charente-Maritime), it is situated west of Niort, north of La Rochelle, and south of Fontenay-le-Comte.
Tourism includes boating in traditional barques, which is a form of punting. There are several piers (embarcadères), from which boats can be hired. The myriad canals are covered in green duckweed (hence the Venice Verte nickname) and the drained marsh land is home to a varied fauna.
An excellent place for bird watching, walking, picnics and family days out.
Nature on your Doorstep
Below is a list of birds and butterflies that were spotted here at Le Moulin Boutillon between 18-25th June 2016.
Many thank to one of our guests Mike Pygott for compiling the list for us.