NATIONAL FOREST PARK: Second year of the Atlas of municipal biodiversity

2024-01-12 19:21:00

Five events and a party are offered to allow the public to discover the biodiversity of Vals-des-Tilles and Colmier-le-Haut, towns on the edge of Côte-d’Or and Haute-Marne.

In September 2022, Vals-des-Tilles and Colmier-le-Haut were the first two municipalities in the National Forest Park to embark on the development of an Atlas of municipal biodiversity (ABC). These are knowledge and awareness tools on biodiversity identified in the charter of the National Forest Park. Their objectives are to bring together stakeholders around the production of scientific inventories and to mobilize residents via participatory science tools, in order to have a more detailed knowledge of the fauna and flora species present in the municipalities concerned.

After a year 2023 rich in activities and citizen participation, the National Forest Park is continuing the ABCs in the two municipalities for their second year with the objective of finalizing the atlases in 2024. For 2024, a program of five activities and a party des ABC was prepared to allow the public to discover the biodiversity of Vals-des-Tilles and Colmier-le-Haut around the themes of forests, agriculture, rivers, villages and landscapes. Each of them offers a naturalist field trip, a meeting with a local actor focused on environmental management and a fun activity.

These free activities are open to all: residents, budding naturalists or experts, young or old… You will find the program for 2024 below.

Entertainment in Vals-des-Tilles
I’m cold without my leaves
Saturday March 16 – 2 p.m.-5 p.m. – Salle de Lamargelle-au-Bois
Do you recognize a tree without looking at its leaves? This is what we are going to discover! Through a recognition workshop, you will learn to identify the buds and branches of the different tree species that populate your gardens but also your forests! Would you be able to do it?
Hosted by Guillaume Billod from the National Botanical Conservatory of the Paris Basin (CBNPB) and Jean-Yves Goustiaux from the Auberive Nature Initiation Center (CIN)

Let’s observe our landscapes and their birds
Saturday April 13, 2024 – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Town Hall Square in Chalmessin
Go and meet these feathered roommates who are often unknown and sometimes threatened through a walk (1h30-2h) in the heart of the village. You will learn to identify them, look for signs of their presence as well as advice on how to improve their reception (and cohabitation) by offering them suitable accommodation. To finish with a walk at the top of the village in order to take different perspectives on the landscape(s) of the commune: emotional, sensitive, aesthetic, technical and to discuss these common spaces and landscape issues.
Hosted by Marie Deligny from the Champagne-Ardenne Bird Protection League (LPO CA) and Jean-Yves Goustiaux from the Auberive Nature Initiation Center (CIN)

The ghosts of the night
Friday July 5 – 8:30 p.m. – 12 a.m. – Town Hall Square in Chalmessin
In the darkness hides a whole other world! you just need to turn off the light. Go and meet these flying beasts for an evening. You will observe and listen to the bats which will reveal their mysteries to you and will be able to contemplate the moths which return to our houses on summer evenings. With the intervention of a naturalist, you will finally be able to understand the attraction of these insects to light.
Hosted by Samuel Courtaut from the French Biodiversity Office (OFB) and Alexandre Antoine from the Champagne-Ardenne Conservatory of Natural Spaces (CEN CA)

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Activities in Colmier-le-Haut
ABC Party
Saturday May 18 – Program to come
This festival celebrates the ABCs of the National Forest Park through several activities accompanied by different actors: French Biodiversity Office, Auberive Nature Initiation Center, National Botanical Conservatory of the Paris Basin, Bird Protection League, etc. . for a day! Construction of nest boxes, walks in the forest… and many other activities around nature will be on the program, for both children and adults! Meals and a refreshment bar will be provided during this day.

What seed stung him?
Saturday June 1st – 2 p.m.-5 p.m. – Village square
These small plants at the edge of fields, unknown to the general public, represent an essential resource for these species that we often forget: pollinators. These dear little creatures are the first species to suffer the consequences of human activities. We will have the pleasure of discovering messicole plants through a walk along a field, accompanied by the farmer. We will continue with the broadcast of a film on pollinators in order to discuss the importance of messicole plants for the conservation of pollinating species.
Hosted by Guillaume Billod from the National Botanical Conservatory of the Paris Basin (CBNPB) and Romaric Leconte from the Conservatory of Natural Spaces of Champagne-Ardenne (CEN CA)

A river flows through the middle
Friday September 20 – 2 p.m.-4 p.m. – Village square
What is a watercourse? Why are they essential and how can we help restore these rivers that line our roads and our villages? We will be able to observe through a walk along a watercourse, the harmful effects of trampling pastures and human activities on these rivers which punctuate our landscapes. In this theme, action plans aimed at helping to restore these waters will be discussed during the event.
Moderated by Samuel Courtaut from the French Biodiversity Office (OFB) and Martial Gil from the FDPPMA

Free entertainment followed by a convivial drink. Registration recommended on 06 74 23 30 91 or via the online form

The dates of the various events are subject to change, consult our calendar on


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