The Somme Bay
The abbey estate is located a few kilometres from the Somme Bay: the largest estuary in northern France. Its diverse and unique landscapes, on land and water, range from lakes, to chalk cliffs, marshes, dunes and salt meadows, and seduce visitors from around the world.
Member of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club since 1999, the Somme Bay is also a major French staging site for migratory birds, particularly in the Marquenterre Park where widgeons, shelducks, curlews, and oystercatchers coexist with sheep grazing among the salt marshes. The south of the Bay is home to the largest of France's three colonies of common seals.
Numerous official classifications, such as Natura 2000 and IBA (Important Bird Area), the Somme Bay became the 10th Grand Site de France in 2011, a prestigious label awarded by the French Ecology Ministry.