Unique by nature
Listed since 1970, the Regional Nature Park is home to one of the largest marshes in France, the Grande Brière. Behind the dykes formed by the alluvial deposits of the Loire, a vast 40,000-hectare peat bog has developed, with seven islands in its centre. In this landscape, nicknamed the “black country” due to the peat, specific fauna and flora have flourished. Humans have found the materials necessary for their traditional dwellings.
The marsh calls to you
Between land and water, the barge or “blin” (a flat-bottomed boat) will take you through a particular universe where the roads are canals and the horizons the flooded plains, shimmering in the sunlight. The white water lilies and the yellow irises line the side channels (curées) and shallow ponds (piardes). This silent water outing means that you can get close to numerous bird species which gather on the shores. Herons, Western marsh harriers, common teal, spoonbills, etc. are familiar sights.
Between nature and heritage
The marsh extends right up to the thatched cottages on the islands. Reeds cover the roof. The thick walls are made of stone and earth. The peat can be used as fuel. The geese and ducks raised in the neighbouring meadows are on the menu. You can even find leeches in family medicine cabinets! The flowering hamlet of Kerhinet has around 20 of these traditional houses, most of them restored by the Park. A typical interior has been reconstructed. Fédrun island, connected to the “continent” by a single access, is a characteristic and charming village. Its picturesque, thatched cottages have a garden, with a barge moored at the bottom.