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22 places in France are on the very selective list of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which defends biodiversity. Among the newcomers, the Juine marshes, a protected area on the outskirts of Paris.
In Essonne, the Juine marshes form a string of ponds and marshes. In total, 900 hectares of wetlands are protected by woods, clearings and meadows. In the Middle Ages, men exploited peat there, shaping the landscape around the Juine and Essonne rivers. “The whole of the marshes which are on the valley are fed, for the most part, by channels which connect the ponds to the river“, explains Julien Daubignard, in charge of European heritage (department of Essonne). Part of the marshes is open to the public, who can thus enjoy the winged wonders of the region, such as the Kingfisher or the Milan.
The territory is bristling with observatories. France Télévisions cameras film a raft of gravel that attracts rare species, such as pairs of Common Terns. A young boy is delighted by the presence of the heron, an animal “majestic“. More secret spaces are closed to the public, or reserved for guided tours.”We have areas that are somewhat sanctuary, especially with reed beds, to really preserve the tranquility and let the species reproduce quietly.“, specifies Julien Daubignard.
In the marshes of Misery, the view is breathtaking on a colony of Cormorants, from the tower of the small meadow. In the sky, black kites draw arabesques. Recently, a couple of Ospreys, a diurnal raptor, has returned. The management of species in the Juine marshes has been awarded an international label.