My travels in the Morbihan LXXXIX

So I go again doing my new road warrior trips around my beautiful department 56 of Morbihan in my lovely Bretagne of my belle France! This was done yesterday as we were all home and Good Friday so went to nature. We have been in town before several times and passed by this nature reserve but never in it until yesterday. Proof that we have so much to see need to find the time to do it!!!

You need a car to come here or a long walk after taken bus line 7 from Vannes. By car we came onto the N165 expressway into Vannes by the parc du Golfe take the underground tunnel of Kerino into the town of Séné. One in town follow the signs for the Reserve Naturelle. Easy

And you come into the Reserve Naturelle des Marais de Séné, a wonderful nature park. I rather translate the official site for proper info as this was all new to us as well. It was nice, and found out we can do picnics here too!

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There is a section with paid access (in yellow on the site map) with 2 trails and 5 observation points for 4 km of trail. Allow 2 hours of visit. The paid part is fully equipped with covered observation points. The observation points are closer to the marshes and allow better observation of wildlife. Signs are installed under each window to help you distinguish each species. You will find a binocular rental service at reception (2 euros per pair) , at this time the service was not available due to sanitary measures , and activity leaders are on site to help you better appreciate the richness of the marshes.

There is also, section of free access (in red on the site map) with 2 trails and 1 observation point and 2 observation platforms for 4.5 km of trail. Allow 2 hours of visit. At the end of the road, 2 km from the Nature Center.
Remember to take your observation equipment (and hiking shoes or boots in winter) to observe the landscapes and shapes of the ancient salt marshes. Less developed than the paid access trails, it is more of a hiking trail here.

During the curfew, the nature reserve closes at 17h30 February and March: Every day: 14h – 18h (ticket office closes at 16h). April to June: Every day: 14h- 19h (ticket office closes at 17h). July and August : Every day: 10h – 13h & 14h – 19h. (ticket office closes at 17h). September 1 to 15: Every day:14h – 18h (ticket office closes at 16h). September 16 to January 31: Closed (except groups & nature walks). The free-access red trail remains accessible all year round!
Paid access admission for adult is 6 euros.

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The Marais de Séné Nature Reserve is located in the estuary of the Noyalo river, the easternmost part of the Gulf of Morbihan. The physiognomy of the coast, flat and low, as well as the weak agitation of the water due to the attenuation of tidal currents and waves, favor the deposition of fine particles suspended in the water, which accumulate and constitute two very specific natural environments: In the bed of the estuary: the mudflat, also called the “slikke” (word from the Dutch), a vast mud plateau revealing at low tide, dotted with channels. On the banks of the estuary, submersible at high tides: salt meadows or grass, also called “schorre”. Mudflats and salt meadows are two intimately linked natural environments, installed in the continuity of one another.

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The old salt marshes separated from the estuary by dikes are home to a remarkable semi-natural habitat: the coastal lagoon. On the scale of French territory or Europe, this habitat is rare because it is located on low and sheltered coasts. The lagoons are characterized by the presence of a water table during all or part of the year, undergoing wide variations in salinity during the annual cycle, with in particular summer periods of oversalinity. They host specific plant and animal species whose presence is linked to the maintenance of more or less regular relations with the marine environment: appropriate management of water levels is therefore necessary to maintain it.

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A bit of history I like

The salt marshes of Séné were developed between 1723 and 1742. As in the rest of western France, the decline in salt production is noted in Séné from 1850. At the end of the 19C and at the beginning of the 20C, the marshes were sold to farmers and salt workers. Before the 1914-1918 Great War, salt farming already seemed endangered in Séné. The last salt worker ceased operations in 1951.

The idea of a nature reserve was then brought up for the first time. In April 1979, the donations collected by the SEPNB (Society for the Study and Protection of Nature in Brittany) during the Amoco Cadiz oil spill, allow the purchase of the old saltworks of Petit Falguérec and the neighboring meadows. , representing an area of 14ha. On August 21, 1996, ministerial decree n ° 96-746 classifies 410 ha on the west bank of the Noyalo river as a Nature Reserve, the management of which was entrusted in October 1997 to the Amicale de Chasse de Séné, Bretagne Vivante-SEPNB and the town of Séné. In 2002, a 120 ha nature reserve protection perimeter was set up, bringing the area of the protected area to 530 ha.

Some webpages to help you enjoy your trip here are:

The official Séné marshes nature reserve: https://www.reservedesene.bzh/

The city of Séné on the marshes nature reserve: https://www.sene.bzh/nature-et-environnement/reserve-naturelle-marais-de-sene/

The Friends of the nature reserve of Séné: https://amisreservedesene.fr/

The Morbihan dept 56 tourist office on the Gulf of Morbihan things to see: http://www.morbihan-tourism.co.uk/home/discover/morbihan/the-main-destinations/the-gulf-of-morbihan

Hope you enjoy this trip into the nature trails of my Morbihan, full air near the coast by the Gulf of Morbihan, one of the most beautiful bays in the world (Great Bays/Condé Nast). And the reserve naturelle des marais de Séné is unique!

And remember, happy travels , good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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