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Discover the BirdLife Nature Centre at La Sauge

An excursion to a paradise for birds on the southern shores of Lake Neuchâtel

The BirdLife Nature Centre at La Sauge is on the edge of the Cudrefin nature reserve at the south-east tip of Lake Neuchâtel. From here, you can also explore Switzerland’s largest lakeside wetland, the Grande Cariçaie.

The nature centre offers a permanent and a special exhibition, a natural laboratory and a nature trail with three observation huts. The observation huts offer the chance for some fascinating animal observations and are designed to not disturb the animals. Both the centre and the nature trail and observation huts are wheelchair accessible. The centre offers nature-themed events and an educational exhibition. Animals and birds in particular can be observed undisturbed from the nature trail and the three observation huts. 

The Nature Centre is easy to get to by public transport. Take the train as far as Ins or Avenches, then travel onward by bus to “Cudrefin, La Sauge”. The bus stop is right by the main entrance.

 

Notes

The BirdLife Nature Centre at La Sauge, located between Ins (canton of Bern) and Cudrefin (canton of Vaud), occupies a site on the edge of Switzerland’s two most important reserves for the protection of birds: the Le Fanel reserve and the Cudrefin reserve, on the south-eastern shores of Lake Neuchâtel (Grande Cariçaie).  
The nature centres includes a temporary exhibition and a 500-metre-long outdoor trail, equipped with four hides from which visitors can observe the local fauna without causing any disturbance. The centre and the outdoor facilities are fully accessible to visitors with restricted mobility.

Located next door to the nature centre, the Auberge de La Sauge offers food and drink including local produce, as well as meeting facilities and accommodation in 12 hotel rooms. Traditional breeds such as Scottish highland cattle are farmed there and play a role in the maintenance of the marsh landscapes. 

Special exhibition – “Singing like the birds”

Why do birds sing? How do they sing? How does the communication between birds mirror that between humans? Does man-made noise disrupt the communication between birds? Are there other animals that sing? This special exhibition allows visitors to experiment with bird calls and interact with bird voices. They can experience the world from a bird’s perspective and communicate like a bird. 

Guided tours

The staff at the nature centre are available to guide you in discovering the nature of the local region. We are able to accompany you to places in the surrounding area or to the Le Fanel or Cudrefin nature reserves. We favour an interactive style of guiding based on personal and play-based discovery, particularly where children are involved. The activities are led by biologists or naturalists who regularly collaborate with the nature centre. Subject to advance reservation (max. 20 adults or 24 children per group).

Adventure Game

Our Adventure Game is a huge outdoor exploration activity for families and groups of adults. You’ll need all of your creativity, a calm mind and logical thinking to solve the series of tricky tasks and puzzles.

Duration: 1 hour
Participants: 2 to 5 people

Opening hours Today (Wednesday) open

From 6 March until 23 October 2022. 

Mon            closed
Tues–Sun    09.00–18.00 hours

Open on Easter Monday and Whit Monday

The BirdLife Nature Centre will be closed over the winter.

Subject to change without prior notice.

Rates

Individual entry

  • CHF 8.00 Adults
  • CHF 5.00 Children (6-15.99 years)
  • CHF 5.00 Members of BirdLife Switzerland on presentation of card
  • CHF 7.00 Students, AHV/IV recipients on presentation of card
  • CHF 26.00 Family from 2 children
  • Disabled visitors: normal rate + 1 companion free of charge

Season ticket

  • CHF 50.00 Adults
  • CHF 25.00 Children (6-15.99 years)

Group rates (groups of 11 people or more)

  • CHF 7.00 Adults
  • CHF 4.00 Children (6-15.99 years)

 

Prices incl. VAT / Prices subject to alteration.

How to get there

By train and bus

Travel in comfort by train to Ins or Avenches. Then continue by bus and get off at the “Cudrefin, La Sauge” stop.

By bike

Travel in comfort by train to Ins. From Ins train station, cycle on a rented bike through the largest vegetable garden in Switzerland to La Sauge (approx. 8.5 kilometres). Book your bike.

By boat

Travel in comfort by train to Neuchâtel, Murten or Biel/Bienne. From any of these starting points, you can take the boat to the “La Sauge” landing stage.

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