Marais salants de Guérande
Marais salants de Guérande is part of the Tentative list of France in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
Marais salants de Guérande is a swamp landscape on the Guérande peninsula near the mouth of the Loire in the Atlantic Ocean. The layout of the salt marshes as a mosaic of shallow basins connected by a system of canals dates back to the 9th century. Although an artificial landscape, the swamps have a high diversity of flora and fauna. Certain parts are classified as Important Bird Areas (IBA).
Map of Marais salants de GuérandeLoad map
The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.
I visited this tentative WHS in July 2016. On the way to Carnac, I stopped for some sunrise birdwatching at the Parc Naturel Regional de Briere, close to Saint-Joachim. I spotted a number of bee eaters, avocets, terns, shelducks and birds of prey as well as some locals filling sacks of salt in a serene environment. Even though I enjoyed my visit, I don't think this site has any OUV and moreover there are very similar (and better!) sites by the Charente river such as the Marais Poitevin with interesting abbey remains too.
2002 Added to Tentative List
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