Salt marshes

Between the Ocean and the salt marshes

The first saltmarshescameintobeingbackinthe IXthcentury.Evenbackinthe XVthcentury they already existed in the format which we know today. In the summer the salt worker ‘le paludier’ harvests this ‘white gold’ using the traditional methods of his ancestors. At the time of the largest tides the water rushes into the marshes and follows a circuit which ultimately ends up in the evaporating pools ‘les œillets’.
The combined action of the wind and the sun facilitates the evaporation of the water so that it reaches a level of salinity which is ideal for the harvesting of the salt. Many of the inhabitants of Batz-sur-Mer ‘les batziens’ ply this trade in the 459 hectares of salt marshes surrounding the village.