Orange toothed Coypu are abundant and their corpses litter the roadside. The D779 between the etangs du charnier and crey is the rodent equivalent of the death race 2000. These carcasses attract various nocturnal scavengers, like Fox, Martins and Wild Boar, whose tell tale tracks disappear into the distance. These large rodents are an invasive species, originally from South America. Introduced for their fur they are now a fixture in the landscape.
Whatever the season, whatever the weather, (Mistral excluded) the Camargue is an inspirational destination. It hosts numerous animal and plant species. Vertebrates are represented by 75 species of fish, 15 amphibians, 6 reptiles, 32 mammals and 412 birds, with 111 regularly nesting species. More than 1500 of the 4,700 species of flowering plants identified in France are found in the Camargue. It also plays a major role for some bird species, harbouring most of their national breeding populations (Greater Flamingo, Collared Pratincole, Squacco Heron, Glossy Ibis, Eurasian Bittern), wintering populations (Mallard, Gadwall, Red-crested Pochard, Common Teal, Bewick’s Swan, Greater Spotted Eagle), or stopover populations (Pied Avocet, Kentish Plover, Curlew Sandpiper, Black Tern).
The comings and goings of birdlife, as outgoing species are replaced by new ones. The sight and sound of wintering Cranes is unforgettable; Wildfowl descend on its lakes to hole up during the colder months and their numbers are mind blowing; Busy Bee-eaters and Sand Martins excavating breeding chambers in stockpiled salt, the list is endless.