In the town limits of Fouesnant, Saint-Nicolas Island lies at the heart of a ‘Natura 2000’ site, which means its animal and plant life are carefully protected. The islands are also currently part of the wider marine life protection scheme ‘Natura 2000 at sea’, covering the waters between Pointe de Penmarc’h and Pointe de Trévignon.
It is therefore easy to understand the island’s rules, which require you, for example, to take all waste back onto the mainland, not to pick any flowers, to use the wooden walkways and keep dogs on leashes, so that the islands’ incomparable biodiversity may be preserved forever. From the famous Glénan narcissus, which grows only here in the archipelago and which you can see in bloom in the nature reserve for only a few weeks in April, to the tiny borage flower which grows in dunes, or the magnificent sea holly which blooms with colour in mid-summer, you won’t know which way to look.
Sea birds watch you from the islands, islets and many rocky outcrops that make up the incomparable and unforgettably diverse landscape of this unique place. Whether the sky is blue, cloudy or dark, the Glénan Islands’ white sand and many two-winged residents, such as gulls, oystercatchers and the extremely rare Kentish plovers, are certain to leave you in awe. Discover the biodiversity of the islands.