The “Michel Brosselin” National Nature Reserve of Saint-Denis-du-Payré
An area overflowing with history
The clay soil, remains of the former mudflats of the Gulf of Pictons, is impermeable and therefore retains rainwater in the “baisses” (wet hollows). This, along with the “belles” (higher, dryer areas), forms a micro-relief which is extremely beneficial to biodiversity. In order to protect this unusual heritage, Michel Brosselin obtained classification in 1976 for the 207 hectares in the “communal” of Saint-Denis-du-Payré to become a National Nature Reserve.
… An exceptional abundance
Whilst 275 species of bird have been spotted since the reserve was created, the site is not an ornithological park. Like all nature reserves, the habitat is protected first and foremost – with all its flora and fauna. Since 1976, nature inventories and monitoring procedures have counted:
339 species of plants,
more than 1150 species of insects,
102 species of spiders,
37 species of mammals,
19 species of fishes,
11 species of amphibians,
8 species of reptiles…
European otter – © B. Perrotin
NB: in order to protect this abundance of species as best as possible, as well as the peace and quiet required for the fauna, access to the site is regulated and only possible during public opening hours.