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Orne Estuary and Sallenelles Bay at Ouistreham

The Orne Estuary is an important transitional zone between the Channel’s salt waters and the Orne’s fresh river water and is the biggest protected nature area in Normandy’s département of Calvados.

Orne Estuary and Sallenelles Bay at OuistrehamClassified at European level as an Environmentally Protected Area, it stretches across five villages and conceals an exceptionally rich biodiversity, including plantlife, fungi, birds, reptiles, amphibians, molluscs and crustaceans, as well as mammals… not forgetting seals, once far more regular visitors to these parts.

Here, the House of Nature is well worth a visit, acting as a main introduction point for the special natural zones around the department of Calvados. This visitor centre is one of a network of some 50 dotted around France, in zones of special natural interest. The centre organizes many events to help you learn more about the rich landscapes here, for example via playful interactive permanent and temporary exhibitions, or via themed outings introducing you to the varied aspects of the Bay of the Orne…

Visit the Orne Estuary

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