Between Hourdel and Saint-Quentin-en-Tourmont, the Picardy coastline offers a natural, protected and privileged space, mixing sky, land and sea: the Bay of the Somme.
For nature lovers, you will be seduced by the charm of the Baie de Somme. This preserved territory, created in March 1994, goes from Hourdel, in the south, to Saint-Quentin-en-Tourmont, in the north. The Bay of the Somme is 3000 ha of the bay, 70 km2. The Somme and the Maye form two estuaries.
It is known and recognized for its ecological richness and is considered as an exceptional space for ornithology. Large migratory birds decide to stay there either for a short period (during migrations) or for a longer period (summer, winter). The quality of this fauna and flora led to the creation in 68 of a hunting reserve which gave birth to the natural reserve of the Bay of the Somme including the Park of Marquenterre, in 94.
Since then, the Picardy coast and the Baie de Somme have become a major tourist destination.
Two species can be observed along the Picardy coastline, the grey seal and the harbour seal. The first is large and has an elongated snout. Adult males have a dark coat with light spots, while females have a lighter coat. Grey seals are found along the coast or on rocky islets. Calf seals are smaller in size. Its head is rounded and has a drop in the muzzle. Its coat, which varies from grey to light brown, is made up of irregular spots. The harbour seal likes sandbanks at low tide, and feeds on 4/5 kg of fish daily.
Come and discover all the charm of the Baie de Somme: For the vacations? For a weekend ? For a short stay ?