Marais de Grande Briere

Paysage de Briere
Chalands l'été
Réserve naturelle régionale Marais de Brière

Marais de Grande Briere

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  • Area: 
    17,355 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    47°22'N 02°12'W
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The Site is composed of flat peatland, vast alluvial marshes, reedbeds, floodplains, stretches of open water and canals. It is the second-largest marsh in France after the Camargue, covering almost 20,000 hectares. The mosaic of natural habitats, ranging from aquatic environments to reedbeds, wet meadows and woodlands, is home to a wide variety of animal and plant species. Some notable waterbirds include the vulnerable aquatic warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola) and common pochard (Aythya ferina). The habitats support more than 1% of the global populations of the northern shoveler (Anas clypeata) and the Eurasian teal (Anas crecca). The Brière marshes are a remarkable nursery site for the critically endangered European eel (Anguilla anguilla). The region is also of great interest for its cultural heritage. Human activities include recreational hunting and fishing. Changes in water levels due to human activities in the surrounding area pose a threat to the Site.

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  • National legal designation: 
    • Parc Naturel Régional - Brière
    • Réserve naturelle régionale des marais de Brière - Région des Pays de la Loire
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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