My marsh is located in the heart of the Lilleau des Niges National Nature Reserve. Classified in 1980, it covers an area of 121 hectares in the north of Île de Ré and protects a series of salt marshes and mudflats favourable to birdlife.
This natural bird reserve requires us to respect the fauna and flora during the harvest periods and to comply with building standards. We are therefore lucky to be able to meet a lot of egrets, grey herons, swans, hoopoe and birds of prey in particular.
My farm consists of 26 aires saunantes and I have decided to make 10 of them available to the Crowdfarmers.
Through a lock mechanism, seawater, which naturally contains 28 grams of salt per litre, is transported to natural basins to warm up, get rid of its impurities thanks to the algae that proliferate and load itself with trace elements.
As the sea water flows through the marsh, it must reach 250 grams of salt per litre in order to form the precious crystals.
The harvest season, on the other hand, depends considerably on weather conditions. It is generally concentrated around the longest, driest and hottest months (June, July and August).