La Gacilly: 7 Picnics to Discover Animals and Plants to Celebrate Nature

Biodiversity Observatory, a wetland rehabilitated by the Yves Rocher Foundation in La Gacilly. (© Marine Leroy)

Saturday May 21

Wet meadows plants. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Sixt-sur-Aff.
Gather at the Biodiversity Observatory, for a walk in the floodplains. Target? Discover plants that grow with their feet in the water, and sometimes with their heads underwater, with the help of a botanist’s guide. at work!
In the programme: getting to know the different families, learning certain identification techniques, using useful applications and drawing and painting techniques to remember the species encountered.
Audience: families, youth and adults. Equipment needed: Shoes, sketchbook and artist pencils!
Departure at 10 amRegister here.
Check-out is 2:30 PM when you register here.

Insects and spiders another world! 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Sixt-sur-Aff. Gather at the Biodiversity Observatory for a walk in the floodplains. Target? Discover plants that grow with their feet in the water, and sometimes with their heads underwater, with the help of a botanist’s guide.
In the programme: getting to know the different families, learning certain identification techniques, using useful applications and drawing and painting techniques to remember the species encountered.
Departure at 10 am When you register here.
Departure at 2:30 p.m. When you register here.

Sunday May 22

Bird walk in La Gascelle. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Sixt-sur-Aff. Meet in the wetlands of the La Gacilly Biodiversity Observatory to spot the birds!
Accompanied by a specialist, you will learn to distinguish between songs and observe the subtle behavior of birds. Binoculars, telescope and identification guide at hand, snipe and other cane arms will have no more secrets for you.
Audience: families, youth and adults. Equipment needed: hiking clothes (boots).
Departure at 10 am (Be there 15 minutes before) When you register here.
Departure at 2 pm (Be there 15 minutes before) When you register here.

Urban plants and common trees. From 2 pm to 3:30 pm at La Gacilly. Do you know common trees in our area? Do you know how to recognize them and distinguish the different elements that make up these giants that make up our landscapes? La Gaselli Arboretum Perfect for that! Accompanied by a botanist’s guide, you will learn about oak, lime, birch, willow and many other species.
This picnic will also be an opportunity to wander the streets of La Gacilly, looking for the often hated urban plants. The plants growing in the city will give you some nice surprises. Some species are even edible!
Walk start: 2:30 p.m. (Be there 15 minutes before). When you register here.

Wetlands to protect

Intensification of agricultural practices, improper hydraulic development, rapid urbanization … Since 1960, more than half of the wetlands in France have disappeared. However, these specific ecosystems through water purification, air, carbon retention, and flood regulation, provide invaluable services to the environment and also provide essential scientific, landscape, economic and tourism values.

This is why the Yves Rocher Foundation is committed, locally, to restoring the natural conditions that lead to the revitalization of this environment with extraordinary ecological potential at the Biodiversity Observatory. Butterflies of the day or night, amphibians, singing locusts, migratory or sedentary birds, dragonflies, spiders, including the famous dolomid, hunting spider … . A unique environment on which also fully adapted plants depend (irises, hutonia from the swamps, hill in the meadows, scattered flowers …), plays an essential role in the balance of this invaluable reservoir of biodiversity.

Biodiversity Observatory

Rehabilitation of the Villeneuve farm and wet meadow landscape in
Morbihan, which was acquired by the Yves Rocher brand in 2016, regained all initial functions, such as the collective adventure led by the Yves Rocher Foundation and its partners: local associations, Yves Rocher volunteer staff, Bird Conservation Association (LPO), Hunting Federation, EPTB Vilaine, GRETIA , SMGBO and GMB.

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It is here that the Yves Rocher Foundation created the Biodiversity Observatory, a space conducive to discover nature Where you can walk and learn about all the normal biodiversity. space 8 hectares of wet meadowssmall, but Overflowing with precious biodiversity Characteristics of the area: dragonflies, frogs, birds, plants …

The Biodiversity Observatory was inaugurated on October 9, 2021, marking the 30th anniversary of the Yves Rocher Foundation, and presents visitors, right from the beginning of the itinerary, a powerful symbol of biodiversity and fragility: the Dolomède, in its mineral and race branches. imagined by two plastic artists, passionate about neighborhoods, Sophie and Regis; This hunting spider invites you to immerse yourself in the ordinary or extraordinary in order to get to know it better and thus better protect it.

Discover the full program at: https://fetedelanature.com

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