The entire coast of Brittany was hit with high winds up to Bf 7 over the whole weekend. There were some moments of calm but not really allowing a good day trip. So we looked inland, our first choice were the canals on the Briere marshes, but we soon discovered that this National park restricts kayaking on most of the waterways. We then took a look at the Nantes to Brest Canal, we chose the port at Guenrouet to launch from.
We came across these floating traps baited with carrots, they are an attempt to control the Ragondin (Coypu) which has become a huge pest here on the continent
They used to be ‘farmed’ in Norfolk for their fur, and quickly became a pest after escaping into the wild, and a long sustained program was needed to eradicate them. They damage crops and cause enormous erosion damage to the river banks where they burrow relentlessly
One sure way of keeping the numbers down is to put it on the menu, it appears that Paté de Ragondin au cognac is just the job to keep the hunters bringing them in.
So when the wind is just battering the coast a little too hard we have another 300 Kms of this canal to visit.