Bord de Seine, Parcs Naturel Régional des Boucles de la Seine Normande © Eure Tourisme, T. Houyel

Marais Vernier and wetlands, a precious natural environment

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Marais Vernier and wetlands, a precious natural environment

In the Eure in Normandy, water gives life to valued fauna and flora and to unique natural sites, such as the Marais Vernier, one of the most surprising ones in Normandy.

 

In the heart of the Boucles de la Seine Normande Regional Natural Park, the Marais Vernier is one of the most important natural sites in Normandy, a unique ecosystem in France.

 

Marais Vernier © Eure Tourisme, G. Rigoulet

 

As the largest peat bog in France, it is the archetype of wetlands, with its 5,000 ha of reed beds, pastures and peat bogs, crisscrossed by canals that lead to the Grand’Mare, the only natural lake in Upper-Normandy. The Mannevilles National Nature Reserve located in the Marais Vernier became in 1979 an experimentation area where Scottish Highland cattle and Camargue horses grazing was introduced in order to maintain the ecological balance of the site. This experiment would become a reference in France and throughout the world in terms of management of wetlands.

 

 

the Boucles de la Seine Normande Regional Natural Park

Sentier de l'Anguille © CG27, F. Grimaud

 

With remarkable sites, including the Marais Vernier and the Marais de Saint-Sulpice, the Boucles de la Seine Normande Regional Natural Park shelters a wealth of flora and fauna, as evidenced by the reappearance of storks in Upper-Normandy!

Founded in 1974, it covers 90,000 hectares spread over both sides of the river Seine.

It welcomes visitors looking for a different kind of holiday filled with nature, encounters and experiences, simplicity and quality, wide open spaces and freedom in an environmentally-friendly way.