Confluence and natural reserves
ecology, fauna and flaura
Beaten by the waves, clinging to the cliffs, nestling at the heart of damp zones, buried under the sea or in caves, carpeted in the forest, climbing the mountains or planted on the outskirts of towns… The natural reserves show the amazing variety of nature in France.
They have 3 linked missions : to protect natural spaces and the animal and botanic species and also the geological patrimony, to manage the sites and sensibilise the public.
The Nature Reserve Ramieres
Between Crest and Livron-sur-Drôme, the Nature reserve streches along the riverbank which is still very wild. It covers 346 hctares and shelters about 190 species of migratory or breeding birds, many beaver families, and more than 650 species of plants including around twenty species of protected orchidea.
Signposted hiking paths enable you to discover their sumptuousness whilst at the same time respecting the tranquillity of the sites.
There are programs of nature outings for the general public in the summer which will allow you to discover the flora and fauna (migratory birds, beavers...) and also lots of VTT/VTC rides and hikes.
The confluence of the Drôme-Rhône
Island of Prentegard : At the confluence, the Natura 2000 zone of Prentegarde welcomes migratory birds and more than a hundred different kinds of dragonflies. It is situated along the Rhône in the area of Livron and La Voulte, this zone is covered by a large reed bed which is favourable for water birds nest building. It accommodates thousands of ducks in winter.
Signposts and descriptive panels are found on the hiking path and along the waterways. The confluence is a privileged site for the observation of migratory birds in springtime and in autumn.
These paths are situed on the itinerary of ViaRhôna (from Léman to the Mediterranean sea).
The itinerary La Voulte – Le Pouzin will allow you to cross the Drôme river on the fitted out footbridge.
In conjunction with the ViaRhôna : the VeloDrôme will help you to discover the Neighbouring towns and villages.