Nature Reserves of Rochefort Ocean

Rochefort Océan's nature reserves: protected areas in the Échappées Nature network

In the heart of a mosaic of landscapes, between marshes and reedbeds, wet meadows and mud flats, be the guest of our Nature Reserves where a world of plants and animals evolve in complete serenity.

It's no coincidence that the Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux (League for the Protection of Birds) and the Conservatoire du Littoral (Coastal Protection Agency) have made Rochefort their home. On the Place Colbert, the LPO opens its Espace Nature, a shop and information centre on nature and the environment.

Nature reserves have three inseparable missions:

  • To protect the natural environments, animal and plant species and geological heritage associated with the reserve.
  • To manage the protected sites.
  • To raise public awareness.

These missions are obviously respected by the Moëze and Yves Nature Reserves, which welcome nature lovers or simply those wishing to take a quiet break and enjoy areas where flora and fauna are king.

Accessible visits

Rochefort Océan has won awards for its accessibility to people with disabilities. The nature reserves are part of this accessible offer, as themed outings are organised, with visit aids such as : 

  • Sensory tools for discovering birds;
  • A magnetic loop,
  • An educational programme adapted for groups,
  • The loan of a wheelchair from reception,
  • A book in Braille to discover 60 species of wetland birds,
  • Videos presenting 24 species and their ecology and 36 common bird signs in LSF,
  • LSF videos on a tablet at reception presenting the reserve and 60 bird species.

To find out more about our accessible tourism offer, visit our dedicated page by clicking on this link.

Visit the Nature Reserve of Moëze-Oléron

Located on the western part of the Marsh of Brouage, on a polder, the Nature Reserve of Moëze and its wet meadows, ancient salt marshes and lagoons - offer varied reception conditions for water birds . For breeding, wintering or just passing by, more than 300 species come to the nature reserve. Throughout the year, this reserve is a favorite pitstop for water birds, which travel thousands of kilometers each year, and find here, abundant food and a preserved shelter.

Accessible to all, the museum area of the reserve informs you and makes you aware of the protected areas of the Nature Poles and their missions.

You have access to the four interpretive trails of the reserve, on foot or even by bike for one of them. Don't forget to pick up the topo-guide for these trails at the Centre of the Nature Reserve and don't hesitate to ask for the “Perfect Little Explorer” kit for children !

Visit the Nature Reserve of Yves's marsh

Managed by the League for the Protection of Birds, the Nature Reserve of Yves's marsh  is a combination of ecosystems - mudflats, dunes and lagoons, marshes and reed beds, wet meadows... It attracts a multitude of animal and plant species. Geese, ducks, herons, small waders of the shores, gentians, butterflies, dragonflies succeed each other over the seasons.

Observe the rare flora and fauna, which the Nature Reserve of Yves makes their mission to protect throughout the year. To do this, we must safeguard their living environment which extends over 200 ha of marshes, dunes ... which are home to a wide variety of plant and animal species !