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The Baie d'Audierne is a site of international importance for breeding, passage and wintering birds and the Trunvel Nature Reserve lies at its centre.

Situated in the far west of Brittany this reserve consists of a large lake, reedbeds and marshes, lagoons and sand dunes. In addition there are areas of scrub and woodland nearby. The area is best known for waterfowl and waders but a wide variety of other birds occurs here.


Notable Species

The extensive reedbeds hold breeding Zitting Cisticola, Reed Warbler and Sedge Warbler as well as Bearded Tit and Reed Bunting.

Marsh Harrier is a year-round resident as is Great Bittern with Little Bittern and Purple Heron in summer. Other breeding species include Kentish Plover and Northern Lapwing and the scrub holds a few pairs of Dartford Warbler.

The commoner gull species are numerous outside the breeding season and winter sees the arrival of good numbers of waterfowl such as Eurasian Wigeon, Gadwall, Common Teal, Northern Pintail and Northern Shoveler as well as Common Shelduck, Tufted Duck and Common Pochard.

Hen Harrier and Merlin hunt over the area in winter.

Most of the regular waders of northwestern Europe occur on passage and in winter and autumn occasionally brings reports of vagrant American species.


This is one of the most regular sites in France for the globally rare Aquatic Warbler.


Birds you can see here include:

Great Cormorant, Great Bittern, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Common Shelduck, Eurasian Wigeon, Gadwall, Common Teal, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler, Common Pochard, Tufted Duck, Common Goldeneye, Western Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Common Kestrel, Merlin, Water Rail, Common Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Pied Avocet, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Grey Plover, Northern Lapwing, Red Knot, Sanderling, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin, Ruff, Common Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Eurasian Curlew, Spotted Redshank, Common Redshank, Common Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstone, Little Gull, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Common Woodpigeon, Eurasian Collared Dove, European Turtle Dove, Common Cuckoo, Common Swift, Common Kingfisher, Eurasian Skylark, Barn Swallow, Northern House Martin, Meadow Pipit, Blue-headed Wagtail, White Wagtail, Common Wren, Dunnock, Eurasian Robin, European Stonechat, Eurasian Blackbird, Song Thrush, Zitting Cisticola, Aquatic Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Common Reed Warbler, Dartford Warbler, Common Chiffchaff, Bearded Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Short-toed Treecreeper, Eurasian Nuthatch, Common Jay, Common Magpie, Eurasian Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Common Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, European Greenfinch, European Goldfinch, Eurasian Linnet, Snow Bunting, Lapland Bunting, Reed Bunting

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To reach the Trunvel reserve take the D785 southwest from Quimper and turn off onto the D156 to Ploneour Lanvern heading towards Treguennec. Park at Kermabec and take the beach footpath then the path following the reserve border across the dunes to a viewpoint overlooking marshland. From here a rough track leads back to the road.

Access to the reserve is limited but much can be seen from the perimeter.

Other Wildlife

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Content and images originally posted by Steve