Encourage the implementation of research programmes by providing them with a site for experiments
The estate provides sites for experiments carried out by researchers at the Tour du Valat. The goal of the programmes is to better understand the interactions among the habitats and species in relation to the role of human activities. The objective is also to draw lessons in order to maintain the biodiversity, optimise management practices, combat undesirable species, and restore damaged habitats. The results are put to use in management plans, technical networks, and economic measures (Agro-Environmental Measures, Local Farming Contracts, Sustainable Farming Contracts, etc.).
Some examples of experiments carried out on our estate
Site-specific study programmes
- Understand the carrying capacity of a marsh for Greylag Geese
- Modes of extensive grazing as a vegetation management tool
- Combined impact of extensive cattle grazing and mowing to control the development of scrub species
- Measuring the productivity of the main natural habitats used for grazing by livestock
- Monitoring the population of European Pond Terrapins at the Tour du Valat.
Contribution to more extensive programmes
- Censuses of tree-nesting herons
- Role of wild birds in the epidemiology of zoonoses
- Cazhu project (in collaboration with the CEFE/CNRS) to measure the emissions of CO2, methane, the production of nitrous oxides (NOx = NO and NO2), and their linking, as well as to analyse microbial communities in nitrification and denitrification (using methods of molecular biology)
- “Rezo du Rozo” (RNF): piezometric monitoring of the reedbeds on the estate
- Stoc EPS (CRBPO): (Temporal monitoring of common birds using simple occasional sampling)
- Passerine ringing (CRBPO)
- Contributions to the creation of various wildlife atlases.
We also welcome scientists and the managers of natural areas to our estate to exchange information about different research projects being undertaken.