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The Pôle des Espaces Naturels of the Marais Poitevin Regional Nature Park is the starting point for our guided tours and events. Located in the village of Saint-Denis-du-Payré, just beside the church, it is the perfect introduction to the nature reserve. Accompanied by our guides, you will then go to the observatory (over 60 m²), which is easy to access and remarkably well equipped, located in the heart of the reserve.
La boutique LPO au Pôle des Espaces Naturels © RNN St Denis du Payré

The Pôle des Espaces Naturels, where to buy souvenirs of your discovery of the reserve © RNN Saint-Denis-du-Payré


An introduction to your visit to the reserve

In the Pôle, you will find:

Nature reserve ticket office
Screening of a film in english on the nature reserve (18 minutes)

Additional information on the Marais Poitevin

Marais Poitevin collection
Temporary exhibitions
“Information” Point
At the Centre, you’ll also find the nature reserve’s gift shop, where children and adults can buy souvenirs from their visit.

Un module tactile en bois permet de découvrir les espèces phares de la réserve : Bécassine des marais, Iris maritime, libellule, empreintes de loutre...
A tactile wooden module introduces visitors to the reserve’s flagship species: Common snipe, marine iris, dragonfly, otter footprints…
Un observatoire spacieux et confortable - © RNN Saint-Denis-du-Payré

In the hide, seats, telescopes and birds guides are at your disposal © RNN Saint-Denis-du-Payré


One of the most beautiful in France

Situated in the heart of the reserve, the hide has a surface area of 63 m², is easy to get to and is very well-equipped. Our animators accompany you in this moment of discovery and answer your questions during guided tours.


Access all year round, with no need for any special equipment (pathway on stilts, 400m long).
Accessible to people with reduced mobility.
18 telescopes.
Adjustable seats.
Windows which can be opened, so that you can enjoy the sounds or take photos.
Educational tools
List in English of species already spotted in the reserve.
A spacious, comfortable and well-equipped hide.
Layout adapted to people with reduced mobility.

L'une des deux plateformes élévatrices de l'observatoire © RNN St Denis du Payré
Interpretation panels in the nature reserve © RNN Saint-Denis-du-Payré