The Belle Henriette National Nature Reserve is a rich and rare natural area, a precious witness to the natural mechanisms by which sandy coasts are formed and evolve. Guided tours available in July and August, bookable at the Sud Vendée Littoral Tourist Offices.


Created by ministerial decree on 31 August 2011, the Belle Henriette national nature reserve covers 337 hectares of land and sea between La Tranche-sur-Mer and La Faute-sur-Mer.

The reserve is managed by the LPO (Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux) and the AFB (Agence Française de la Biodiversité) in partnership with the FDC85 (Fédération Départementale des Chasseurs de la Vendée) for hunting management and public awareness.

The integration of the reserve into the local socio-economic fabric (maintaining beach access) and the adaptation of uses are central to management. The main management objective is to protect the exceptional and sensitive natural heritage. Biological monitoring is used to expand scientific knowledge and to adapt and evaluate management measures. The co-managers and the management partner also aim to raise awareness of the reserve's natural wealth, in particular through communication media and field trips.

On this coastal site, which is subject to frequent and rapid changes, public safety on the paths and beaches and the protection of property and people (dunes, dykes, etc.) remain the responsibility of the State and the local authorities.

The mission of the reserve team is to ensure that the regulations are complied with. Traffic, sports, cultural and leisure activities are still possible, but only on the access roads and beaches. Dogs are allowed on the paths and beaches provided they are kept on a lead. Fishing is prohibited in the lagoon and brackish water areas. On the foreshore, fishing on foot and fishing activities are authorised in accordance with current regulations. Hunting, which is authorised on an exceptional basis, is governed annually by a specific prefectoral decree.
The ministerial decree prohibits the following in particular:
the use of motorised vehicles,
picking plants,
harming or disturbing animals,
dumping waste,
fires, camping and bivouacking


  • Natural area
  • Natura 2002
  • Nature Reserve Voluntary or National

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