Durdent (river)

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Origin Pays de Caux
Mouth English Channel
Basin countries France
Length 24 km

The river Durdent is one of the many small coastal rivers that flow from the plateau of the Pays de Caux into the English Channel.


The river rises just northwest of Yvetot, near Héricourt-en-Caux, at the meeting of the two streams, the Saint-Denis and the Saint-Riquier,[1] then takes a north–northwest route, typical of the rivers of the Seine-Maritime department. It passes through the villages of Robertot, Sommesnil, Oherville, Le Hanouard, Clasville, Grainville-la-Teinturière, Cany-Barville, Vittefleur and Paluel and empties into the English Channel at Veulettes-sur-Mer. In earlier times, it powered many watermills along its course.

Flora and fauna[edit]

The Durdent valley is home to many bats such as the rare vespers bat, the large and lesser horseshoe bat and the mouse-eared bats. More common species, such as the long-eared bat and Daubenton's Bat are present in large numbers.[2] Kniphofia (red-hot pokers) grow in a few places along the river’s course.

See also[edit]

Schéma directeur d'aménagement et de gestion des eaux

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Albert Hennetier, Aux sources normandes: Promenade au fil des rivières en Seine-Maritime, p. 28.
  2. ^ Le bois de la Roquette sur le site Natura 2000. Consulté le 11 juin 2008.

Coordinates: 49°51′N 0°36′E / 49.850°N 0.600°E / 49.850; 0.600