Forêt d’Orient

Within easy reach of Paris, the Forêt d’Orient lakes may not be as well known as their sister lake, the “Lac du Der”, but they too offer interesting bird species throughout the year. Like the Lac du Der, Cranes occur in large numbers during the winter months with the largest numbers during migration in November and February. Amongst other sought-after species that occur during migration, top of the list would probably be Black Stork, which occur in good numbers in September. The area is also well known for wintering White-tailed Eagle that is now breeding in the area. Many species rarer or even absent farther north breed here and can be quite easy to find with a little looking: Black and Middle Spotted Woodpeckers, Melodious Warbler, Red-backed Shrike… to name just a few. Rarer species may need a little more effort but may provide sightings of species such as Red-necked Grebe (only breeding site in France), Black Stork, Grey-headed Woodpecker and more….

Any visit here should be combined with the nearby Lac du Der. There is much else to see, with the area known for butterflies and dragonflies. And, of course, it’s in Champagne country, a visit to a Champagne cellar may provide for diversity on a rainy day.


What to see and where

Top birding sites

Lac du Temple – Valois hide

Lac du Temple- Pic Vert Hide

Lac Amance – Radonvilliers hide

Lac d’Orient – hide between
Géraudot and the Maison du Parc

Top bird species

Red-necked grebe



White-tailed eagle

Red-backed shrike

Black & Middle-spotted woodpeckers

Download the Forêt d’Orient
“Which birds when” list

Other wildlife

Wild cat

Wild deer and boar

Flooded meadow flora

Visit the Forêt d’Orient
Wildlife visitor centre
for more information
on local flora and fauna.

Getting there

Travel by plane


Travel by train

London – Paris – Troyes

Other train stations nearby:


Local transport

Car rental from:

Troyes train station

Paris airports

Local bus network

Bicyles for rent in:
Troyes (Halle aux vélos)
Géraudot, Mesnil-Saint-Père and Dienville

The Troyes to Dienville cycle route includes a number of birdwatching spots. 

Useful tips

Plan to stay 3-4 days

London – Avignon direct

Allow 30 - 40 km/day

Nearest airports:

Combine with the Lac du Der for a 7 day stay

Car rental:

Local food


Chaource and
Champ-sur-Barse cheeses



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