This area, just a couple of miles to the east of St Helier contains the remnants of a marsh at Rue des Pres, now much degraded.
This marsh does still attract some interesting birds such as Common Snipe, Jack Snipe, Common Teal, Cetti’s Warbler and the occasional Bluethroat during migration. It is, though, best known now for the Little Egret colony on its eastern boundary. Up to 150 Little Egrets roost here, alongside Grey Herons and, since 2002 have bred.
In 2003 there were 20 nests, but numbers have since reduced greatly, at this site, probably due to the presence, nearby of Marsh Harriers, with birds roosting at various sites around the Island, best viewed during high tide.