» 5-year term: July 2, 2018 to August 31, 2023.

» Budget: € 4,889,000, of which around 60% is for actions to restore natural environments.

» Coordinating beneficiary: Cap Atlantique

» Associated beneficiaries:

  • the Communauté de commune de l’Île de Noirmoutier,
  • the Syndicat Mixte de la Baie de Bourgneuf,
  • the Conservatoire d’espaces naturels des Pays-de-la-Loire,
  • the Syndicat d’Aménagement Hydraulique du Sud Loire.

» Main biodiversity issues targeted:

  • Lagoon habitat
  • The salt meadows
  • The elegant avocet

» The sites: 3 Natura 2000 territories:

  • The salt marshes of Guérande and Mès,
  • The salt marshes of Île de Noirmoutier,
  • The salt marshes of the Marais Breton.

All of the sites targeted by the project cover a total of 13,500 ha of salt and salt marshes.



1- Restore community habitats and offer nesting sites for waders on 390 ha of marshland

  • Restoration of lagoon habitat: installation and management of hydraulic structures, cleaning of ditches, stripping of basins, water regulations …
  • Restoration of salt meadows: shaping of banks, brush clearing, setting up of pasture.
  • Creation and maintenance of at least 110 nesting islands.

2- Fight against invasive species: Baccharis, Pampas Grass and Invasive Aquatic Rodents on 3,000 ha

3- Promote the development of sustainable and sustainable management practices in the targeted habitats

  • Drafting of a guide to good practice for socio-professionals.
  • Experiments with voluntary salt workers 
  • Reflection on the evolution of MAE thanks to feedback on experiments.

4- Develop knowledge on salt marsh habitats and species

  • Updating the mapping of habitats of community interest.
  • Monitoring of seagrass meadows, nesting wading birds, seabirds and Leste with large stigmas etc.

5- Sensitize the public and local stakeholders to the ecological challenges of salt / salt marshes and disseminate information at European level

  • Website, films, popularization guide, traveling exhibition
  • Days and activities for schoolchildren, the general public and actors of the marshland.
  • Organization of two European seminars.