In the South of the Channel, guided tours to learn about birds and better protect them

In the South of the Channel, guided tours to learn about birds and better protect them
In the South of the Channel, guided tours to learn about birds and better protect them


Pascale Brassinne

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May 20, 2024 at 11:46 a.m.

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What birds live around me, in my garden, my farm, my quarry, the city park?… How can I improve the reception of wildlife while continuing my usual activities? These are the questions that the GONm, the Norman Ornithological Group invites each of us to ask ourselves, on June 1 and 2, 2024, particularly in the South of the Channel.

“The idea being that a population and elected officials aware of the richness of nature around them will be more able to act for its protection,” invites Patrick Valéau, in charge of communications for the Norman Ornithological Group, an independent association.

“The refuge is not a reserve”

Refuges are places where humans and nature coexist while respecting each other. Each refuge is unique: farm, woods, park, garden, quarry, golf course…

» A refuge is not a reserve: the economic activity of the refuge (production of milk, aggregates, leisure space, educational, therapeutic site, etc.) remains a priority, but the protection of biodiversity is taken into account. important, sometimes even essential. Let it be and do for the best, that could be the motto of the shelters. Refuges promote the preservation of ecosystems, through reasoned management of their maintenance allowing economic activity to continue while respecting the cycles of nature.”

Shelters to discover

Bacilly. Saturday by reservation (20 places), Château de Chantore park with Thierry Grandguillot. Reservations: 02 33 68 39 16.
Pontorson. Saturday 9:30 a.m., meet at the footbridge with Didier Guillon: 06 71 72 13 76.
The Godfrey. Saturday at 9 a.m. at La Lande with Sébastien Crase: 06 32 99 92 87.
Granville. Sunday at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. by reservation (20 places) La Chèvre rit with Bruno Chevalier and David Morel: 02 33 61 99 37.
Ducey. At the sand pit, meet on Sunday at 9 a.m. at the entrance to the recycling center with Didier Guillon: 06 74 84 35 76.
The Linden tree. Sunday at 9:30 a.m., meet in front of the town hall with Christophe Girard:
06 30 38 02 22.
Pull-stand. Sunday at 9 a.m., meet in the school parking lot with Jean Collette. By reservation (20 places) on 02 33 48 95 63.
The Hague-Pesnel. Sunday at 10 a.m., meeting, 1, route de la Bourgeais with Carl Fauxbaton: 07 69 96 18 72.

375 shelter agreements

The refuges constitute one of the emblematic activities of the Norman Ornithological Group.

Since 1995, the GONm and owners have signed more than 375 agreements inaugurating the opening of a refuge.

“The association offers a correspondent, a volunteer observer member, who draws up a list of birds present during his visits. The refuge then becomes a place for exchanging knowledge and sharing any concerns with the owner: the presence of a particular species can reflect the strong points and it will be useful to think about maintenance,” continues one of the fifteen employees. of this group of enthusiasts, formed in the 1970s in Caen. It has opened up to increasingly numerous amateurs motivated by the deepening of knowledge and the protection of birds leading to the creation of a network of reserves. It remains fundamentally linked to the activity of its volunteers, currently more than a thousand.”

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The GONm is an independent association, and not the branch of a national association, it is present only and everywhere in Normandy.

Discovery of the refuges on June 1 and 2, 2024, see the calendar. As the number of places is limited on certain sites, registration is required.

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