A Na­ture Break on l’île Nou­velle

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For three cen­turies, l’île Nou­velle (‘the new is­land’) was dyked and cul­ti­vated, ini­tially for vine growth and later for maize pro­duc­tion. In the 1920s there were as many as 150 in­hab­i­tants; nu­mer­ous build­ings (a school, a ware­house, etc.) bear wit­ness to those times. The re­gional au­thor­i­ties have since turned the ‘is­land’ into a 270-hectare na­ture re­serve which con­tains a bird sanc­tu­ary (herons, crests, spoon­bills, swans, etc.). 15 minute boat cross­ing from Blaye. www.tourisme-blaye.com

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