Preserved spaces


The Natura 2000 sites, which are fundamental tools of the European policy for the preservation of biodiversity, aim to better take into account biodiversity issues in human activities. These sites are designated to protect a number of habitats and species representative of European biodiversity.

Chaudun: a village stuck in time

If the village of Chaudun founded in 1593 was abandoned by its inhabitants at the end of the nineteenth century, it is today present in the heart of a vast area with wild landscapes and crossroads of great and small hiking. Located between 1300 and 1350 m, this wide circular valley, where torrents converge, is surrounded by peaks exceeding 2000 m altitude such as the peak of Gleize. Here reign a rich and varied fauna and a flora which enrich this site classified Natura 2000.


To reach Chaudun from the Gleize pass, hikers have the choice: in family mode by the forest road in the heart of a coniferous forest crossing the passes of the Middle, the highest point of the route to 1738 m, and Chabanottes (1663 m). The most experienced can follow the path of Ronde to a crossing of vast alpine pastures where the mouflons will observe their heights, unless it is a golden eagle.

2 versions of the walk are proposed including one familial.

Toutourisme: The dogs are welcome in the Natura 2000 areas. Make sure they do not interfere with the local fauna.


The wetlands of the Piles

Located in La Saulce, easily accessible by car and bus, is a site managed by the LPO PACA. This site is composed of different habitats: alluvial forest, reed bed, pond, hay meadow ... Just follow the dragonflies and be guided by the educational panels. Indeed, along the path have been installed explanatory panels that inform you about the habitats and species of the site. In early spring, you will have the opportunity to observe the fauna and flora that wake up after long winter months. This site has a high biodiversity with 22 species of identified dragonflies but also amphibians, mammals and birds.

A recommended family outing where everyone will learn something. Test your knowledge with the little games that are offered during this ride.