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Story 19: Listening to nature
Sunrise over the Blonville-Villers marshBruno Juignet

On the paths of a forest,
in the wetlands of a swamp
or in the heart of a protected natural site,
we gain height, savor the silence,
listen to birdsong for a return to basics.

The Marsh of


By the sea, the Blonville-Villers Marsh lends a magical setting to an extremely rich flora and fauna. On its 110 hectares of wet meadows, canals and ditches grow hygrophilic plants such as phragmites, rushes and sedges. This environment provides shelter, food and "resting places" to more than 150 species of birds, permanent residents or passing through to their breeding or wintering grounds. Birds, white storks, amphibians and reptiles are some of the species that can be observed in their natural environment during a walk.

The flora and fauna of the Marais de Blonville-Villers, to discover on foot, by bike or on horsebackEtienne Chognard / Marc Chazelle
The flora and fauna of the Marais de Blonville-Villers, to discover on foot, by bike or on horseback © Etienne Chognard / Marc Chazelle


Located on the heights of Deauville, in Bénerville-sur-Mer, the Mont-Canisy offers an exceptional panorama, overlooking the Côte Fleurie at a height of 110 meters. Its strategic position, on a hill facing the bay of the Seine, has earned it several times to be transformed into a coastal artillery position. Today it is a natural site protected by the Coastal Conservatory which watches over its flora and fauna. It is home to over 200 species of plants, many of which are protected. Kingdom of orchids, 13 species also flourish there from April to July. Among its fauna reside three species of birds protected regionally (nightingale, spotted locustelle, polyglot hypolaïs), several families of butterflies and a nationally protected snake (smooth crown). With its military works and natural caves, the site also favors the presence of bats.

The batteries of Mont-CanisyEtienne Chognard
The batteries of Mont-Canisy © Etienne Chognard
The forest of


With an area of ​​3500 hectares and a perimeter of 28 km, the forest of Saint-Gatien-des-Bois is the largest in Calvados. It has known many owners over the centuries, passing into the royal domain, belonging to the nobility, sometimes divided up and sold to various buyers. Ulrich Guttinger, Swiss writer, also found a haven of peace in his chalet and invited the great names of literature: Victor and Adèle Hugo, Alfred de Musset, Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve, Alexandre Dumas, Gustave Flaubert, Charles Baudelaire. .. Today, several private owners share the forest, mainly for wood production or as a hunting area.

Hiking in the forest of Saint-Gatien-des-BoisEtienne Chognard
Hike in the Forest of Saint-Gatien-des-Bois © Etienne Chognard
Address Book



Blonville-Villers Marsh
The Marais de Blonville-Villers is freely accessible all year round. ❤ To do: a hike on the 7,5 km pedestrian circuit to discover the flora and fauna of Blonville-sur-Mer, between marshes and countryside. See theitinerary by clicking here.


Chemin de Touques, 14910 BENERVILLE-SUR-MER
Mont-Canisy is free access all year round.
Access to the level of the Bénerville-sur-Mer church, follow "Batteries du Mont-Canisy" ​​(entry at the level of the Chemin du Mont-Canisy from the Chemin de la Touques). Park at the barrier and walk up to the belvedere (250 meters).
Other entrance: Chemin de la Fontaine Marie from Chemin des Enclos.
❤ To do: historical tours are organized by the Friends of Mont-Canisy; all dates here. Also, a 3,6 km walking circuit linking Blonville-sur-Mer and Bénerville-sur-Mer from Mont-Canisy awaits nature lovers.
Ask for the circuit on sale in Tourist Information Offices inDeauville or see theitinerary by clicking here.


Forest of Saint-Gatien-des-Bois
❤ To do: start of the 9,5 km hiking trail near the Town Hall, accessible outside the hunting season, which allows you to discover a small plot. Ask for the circuit on sale in Tourist Information Offices inDeauville or see theitinerary by clicking here.


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