Towards a census of biodiversity

Towards a census of biodiversity
Towards a census of biodiversity

VS‘East here where the hedgehog shelter will soon be installed », points out Benjamin Raquet, educational director of the Espillières leisure center, 8,000 square meters of nature, planted with pines, oaks and arbutus trees, owned by the City of Aubagne. He points to a place near a path, below the refectory. In the cold, continuous rain, the trees are dripping. A few meters away, an educational hive will take place. The City is looking for the beekeeper to work with. While a group of children were preparing to make a hedgehog shelter on site, the mayor (LR) of Aubagne Gérard Gazay indicated that the City intended to make Espillières “ an emblematic place of protection but also of discovery and awareness of biodiversity among young people “. The place is also labeled as a League for the Protection of Birds (LPO) refuge, “ that is to say a space where the community is committed to preserving the environment from pollution », explains Daniel Klein, LPO volunteer from the local Sainte-Baume group.

Swift nest boxes

In doing so, we promote biodiversity and in particular birds. The City of Aubagne will renew its partnership agreement in October for three years. In Aubagne, “ the LPO lacks volunteers… », Slips Daniel Klein. In particular to start an inventory of house martins. “ Because to protect, you have to know », he says.

While ” the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region is an exceptional reservoir of biodiversity, rich in animal and plant species, but whose natural heritage is threatened », notes Gérard Gazay; “ studies by the Aix-Marseille Metropolis indicate that 22% of the fauna and flora recorded in the metropolitan territory are located in Aubagne with 191 species protected at the national level ». This is why, he continues, “ our first action will be to increase knowledge of biodiversity. At the municipal council meeting on June 25, we will vote on the framework to create an Atlas of municipal biodiversity (ABC). This has never been achieved on the scale of our city. We will do it in partnership with the Metropolis and the permanent initiative center of the Provençal coast “. The City will also join the “Eco mayors” association. And install four nest boxes for black swifts, an endangered species, in Aubagne. The first has just been at the school located on avenue Antide-Boyer.

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