France: Vallées de la Loire et de ses affluents

Site fact file
Natura 2000 Ambassador for the Natura Network Initiative... Representative of Chambre d'Agriculture du Maine-et-Loire
Odile Chancerelle
Country France
Natura 2000 site location Maine-et-Loire
Nearest urban settlement Angers
Official site name/s Vallées de la Loire et de ses affluents
Unofficial but locally accepted name/s for the site Basses Vallées Angevines et vallée de la Loire
Natura 2000 site number Basses Vallées Angevines: pSIC FR520063 ZPS: FR5210115 - Vallée de la Loire pSIC: FR5200622 et FR5200629
Site description / classification "Wet meadows are still well preserved, with a remarquable diversity of vegetation associations following soil moisture degree. Th meadows conservation is very satisfactory thanks to agri-environmental measures which permetted to resist to land abandonment and replacement of meadows by wood production (poplars). The site also consists of an interesting diversity of aquatic and humid groupments. It is a vast complex of alluvial wetlands on 3 valleys : Mayenne, Sarthe & Loir, the whole of it consisting of large surfaces of alluvial mesophilous meadows. It also presents an important landscape interest, being located at the door of the very big town Angers."

Size of site (hectares) Basses Vallées Angevines: 9,330ha + Vallée de la Loire: 19,457ha (total= 28,787ha)
Key Species types Agrion de Mercure (Coenagrion mercuriale) - 1044
Gomphe serpentin (Ophiogomphus cecilia ) - 1037
Rosalie des Alpes (Rosalia alpina) - 1087
Pique prune (Osmoderma eremita) - 1084
Lucane cerf-volant (Lucanus cervus) - 1083
Grand Capricorne (Cerambix cerdo) - 1088
Alose feinte (Alosa fallax) - 1103
Grande Alose (Alosa alosa) - 1102
Bouvière (Rhodeus sericeus amarus) - 1134
Lamproie marine (Petromyzon marinus) - 1095
Castor d'Europe (Castor fiber) - 1337
Triton crêté (Triturus cristatus) - 1166
Moule de rivière (Unio crassus) - 1032
Saumon atlantique (Salmo salar) - 1106
Marsilée à quatre feuilles (Marsilea quadrifolia) - 1428
Angélique des estiaires (Angelica heterocarpa) - 1607
Key Habitat types Basses Vallées Angevines :
Prairies maigres de fauche de basse altitude - 6510 = 30 %
Eaux oligo-mésotrophes calcaires avec végétation benthique à Chara spp. - 3140 = 5 %
Mégaphorbiaies hygrophiles d'ourlets planitiaires et des étages montagnard à alpin - 6430 = 5 %
Forêts alluviales à Alnus glutinosa et Fraxinus excelsior - 91E0 5 %
Lacs eutrophes naturels avec végétation du Magnopotamion ou Hydrocharition - 3150 2 %
Vallée de la Loire :
pelouse calcaire basiphile 6110
pelouse sèche semi-naturelle et faciès d'embuissonnement sur calcaire 6210
Lande sèche européenne 4030
Roche siliceuse avec végétation pionnière 8230
Pente siliceuse avec végétation chasmophytique 8220
Forêt alluviale à Aulne et frênes 91EO
Mégaphorbiaie hygrophile d'ourlet planitiaire (forme estuarienne) 6430
Rivière à berge vaseuse avec végétation du Chenopodion et Bidention 3270
Eau stagnante oligotrophe à mésotrophe et végétation annuelle des rives exondées 3130
Prairies maigres de fauche de basse altitude - 6510
Prairies à molinie sur sols calcaires, tourbeux ou argilo-limoneux 6410
Lacs eutrophes naturels avec végétation du Magnopotamion ou Hydrocharition - 3150
Eaux oligo-mésotrophes calcaires avec végétation benthique à Chara spp. - 3140
Rivières des étages planitiaires à montagnards 3260
Key management issues Préservation du milieu prairial. Préservation du réseau bocager (frênes). Maintien de l'ouverture du milieu : zone d'expansion des crues.


Natura Network Agreements
Organising at least one Green Days event per year "The main sensibilisation / information / environmental formation actions & events which are being organized around this project, are as follows : - Participating to a diversity of Forums to present the project and its getting on. - Project presentation in a documentary movie ""De l'eau dans les vallées"" (""Water in the valleys) from Laurent Joffrion (2004). - Diverse participations in local or day events : ""beef grill"", degustations, meetings with the public ..."
Involving local stakeholders in the management planning process - creating a local area partnership

The « Farmer and the Bird » project (PDF, 205.9 kb)

Projet "L'Eleveur & l'Oiseau" (PDF, 199.7 kb)

Promoting Natura 2000 at the local level "No spécific Natura 2000 promoting actions exist. However, all actions/events are occasion to promote the project and mention Natura 2000, the project taking place on a Natura 2000 site and aimind both at preserving a Specie of Europeen interest, and the farming techniques that will be the garanty of it. The most recent pormoting operation (june 2005) concerns ""The Farmer & the Bird"" project presentation as part of a preparatory practicing session (14-28/06/05) of the international Symposium ""ENVIRONMENTAL EVALUATION & DEVELOPMENT OF A SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE"" (20-24/06-05) at the Superior School of Agriculture. This practising session, through which a diversity of agriculture development types will be discussed, concerns mainly agrciculture collegues from francophonous Africa & Quebec, working on environment & sustainable agriculture."
Involved in European networking / Twinned with other site for knowledge exchange "* The approach of « The farmer and the Bird » project is often mentioned as being a precursor, and that explains why there are so many contacts with regional ou foreigners groups that try to economically promote some kind of agricultural product having a strong link with the territory and the environment, such as :

  • Forum des Marais atlantiques
  • Parc Interrégional du Marais Poitevin
  • DRAF Centre, Chambre Régionale d'Agriculture de Bourgogne
  • Chambre d'agriculture de l'Aude
  • Conseil Général des Deux Sèvres
  • CREN du Limousin
  • Farmers from Marais breton
  • ... and a diversity of Schools

These exchanges reinforce the recognizing of the work undertaken by the farmers, abnd the relations established between the different partners.

* Specific Working relations were established with...

  • LPO Anjou
  • Parc Naturel Régional Loire Anjou Touraine
  • Conservatoire des rives de la Loire et de ses affluents
  • ADASEA & Conseil Général de Maine et Loire
  • Conseil Général de Maine et Loire

These partners have just organised for instance, a first ""Rendez-Vous of the Valleys"" to present the results of this experience and from observations on different themes (meadows, biodiversity, hedges meat production ...)"

Branding Natura 2000 "A trade mark « The farmer and the Bird » was created through this project, and was first commercialised in august 2001. It has the originality to show the strong link that bonds the work of a Farmer and its actions towards the environment/the survival of a menaced species.

Agreeing to become an NNi ambassador Odile Chancerelle (Chambre d'Agriculture du Maine-et-Loire) odile.chancerelle(a) is an NNi Ambassador.


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Site contact Odile Chancerelle (Chambre d'Agriculture du Maine-et-Loire) odile.chancerelle(a)