Protected areas

Protected areas

A few simple things help me respect our natural surroundings and contribute to the preservation of the quality of our environment.


In Royan, here are a few tips to help us preserve natural areas and in particular the wetlands surrounding us:

  • Pontaillac marsh
  • Pousseau Marsh
  • Boube and Belmont Marsht


Don't use chemical products in the vicinity of aquatic environments

The use of pesticides (herbicides, fungicides and insecticides) is prohibited anywhere near to water and more particularly:

• less than a minimum of 5 metres from streams, rivers or open water;

• in ditches (even when dry), watercourses, storm drains, water supply points, wells and boreholes;

• on drains, drainage channels and sewer manholes.

Don't throw rubbish on the ground

The marshes are not dustbins and render us many services. Fly tipping is prohibited. Remember to pick up your rubbish and use the containers or waste collection centres placed at your disposal.

Comply with the signs and indications along pathways, tracks and roads

When travelling or on an outing, it is important to keep within the limits of paths and parking areas. Uncontrolled traffic in natural areas means vegetation gets trampled and habitats damaged.


Be careful not to disturb the local animal and plant life

A great many species are protected in France. This means it is forbidden to catch them, move them, damage their health or that of their offspring. When in doubt, and in order not to disturb the lifecycle of any kind of wildlife, it is best not to disturb them.

Do not give wild animals anything to eat

There is no need to give food to birds and animals living in the wild. Any food given is mostly not suitable and can damage the health of the animals you meet.

If you find a wild animal that is injured…

If you find a wild animal that is injured or in difficulty, avoid touching it and most important of all, do not take it home. Contact the Royan town environment department - Tel. or the local Animal Protection Society - SPA "Les Amis des Bêtes" - Tel. who will be able to advise you.

Combat the spread of exotic invasive species envahissantes

Foreign species whether introduced deliberately or not, can sometimes spread very quickly in a given environment. Do not under any circumstances release your exotic pets into the wild and avoid introducing certain plants into your garden or pond: Floating primrose willow, Japanese knotweed,, Brazilian watermilfoil, Sea myrtle, South African ragwort, Common ragweed, Hottentot-fig, buddleia, Pampas grass, Tree of heaven, Black cherry, Pokeweed and False acacia.

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