The Domaine de Certes -Graveyron covers 531 hectares of natural sites and harbours a large variety of wildlife. In Certes, the Marquis de Civrac built dykes on the tidal marshes to create Bassins and produce salt. Eventually the Graveyron and Certes dykes were converted for fish farming, agriculture and forestry as the salt works disappeared.
After 1960, the production ended completely and the two areas are now been concentrated on the preservation of wildlife such as swans, egrets, cormorants, black kites, grey herons and storks.
Our walk will take us around the Graveyron loop which starts and ends at Audenge harbour. On the way, you will see La Vacherie (the cow barn) which is open to the public, the majestic Chateau which is currently being restored to create a tourist project and the unspoilt beach of Graveyron where you can take a dip if the fancy takes you!
The circuit is 5kms long and the whole visit will last 2hrs30. Furthermore, It is entirely free! I shall ask if the guides are allowed to take tips. At the moment, there can be groups of 5 people only but we can organise 3 groups departing at 10 minute intervals. The first two could be led by an English speaking guides and the third one by a French speaking guide for those more confident in French. If the demand is greater, a waiting list of up to 15 people will be made in case regulations change before the 7th May. Dogs are allowed but only on a lead because of the fragility of the environment. There will be toilet facilities at Audenge harbour. Weather permitting, I suggest we have a picnic after the visit as there are tables available close to the beach. Bring a rug or a table in case there are not enough tables.
Distancing will of course have to be respected. So if you are keen to join and enjoy the beauty of the natural sites and the birds, you must book as soon as possible as it will be on a first come first served basis.
Finally, we shall meet at Audenge harbour at 10am sharp. Please, remember to bring your binoculars, wear good walking shoes and pray for good weather!!
To book, please email Colette Gibson at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 06 01 43 39 42. Looking forward to seeing you there, God or Mr Macron willing!!