Back to news Published on 09/01/2018

Wetlands composed of many plant and animal species are cradles of great biological diversity. However, these habitats are declining across all of Europe.

A great many natural ponds have been identified on the Saint-Jacques tip. They form a network of wetlands of great biodiversity (amphibians, insects, and birds ). The ponds are not just habitats, but also refuge areas, feeding grounds, or even breeding grounds for countless species. So, for example, we can find species of Community interest, such as the natterjack toad, or a species threatened with extinction, such as the great crested newt, in these ponds. Actions to boost such habitats are thus indispensable.

However, such small bodies of water decline, become overgrown and silt up naturally if no one takes care of them, and then eventually disappear. That is why we conduct actions to restore and dig ponds in order to promote biodiversity lastingly. A dozen ponds have thus been created and/or restored on the tip since 2015 for the purpose of boosting its biodiversity. Today, it boasts such characteristic wetland plant species as Australian phragmites and broad-leaved cattails, a host of amphibians (e.g., natterjack toad, common midwife toad, northern crested newt, Alpine newt, and smooth newt), and various birds (Eurasian reed warbler, common reed bunting).

We are going to continue expanding the wetland network in order to provide ecological continuity through ponds of various sizes and depths and thus more habitats for greater species diversity.