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The Triaize Polders

Polders are fertile clay soils, which are protected from high seas and the threat of flooding by knowledgeable management of the water table. Though called the Triaize Poulders these recovered lands in fact cover an area from the sea dykes at l'Aiguillon-sur-mer and the lands around the Anse de l'Aiguillon, almost back to Luçon. Created over three hundred years ago these polders are today given over to grazing by cattle and cereal production.

Over the tens of kilometres of these polders are protected and separated from the coast by encircling dykes and the discharge channels of the Canal de Luçon and the Canal Vieux with their tidal gates and locks.

This landscape is devoid of trees except for the hardy Tamarisk which forms barriers to the westerly winds. It is a landscape of black soils where Montagu's Harriers and Marsh Harriers flourish, where one can spot the 5 species of Herons that frequent the Vendée and during the autumn the migrating ducks and geese find respite on their journey south.

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