|Acting to preserve the environment|
Vegetation in a bad state:presence of unstable trees, leaning, withering, dead
poplars in great numbers
zones inaccessible to users (fishermen... )
presence of trunks and branches in the bed of the river
Work done:Cutting down trees threatening to fall into the river in the medium term
Creation of clearings to enable users to reach the river
Selective removal of encumbrances on the river bed
|Rotten poplar trunks near Le Moulin Neuf|
It is good to see so many of these rotten old poplars waiting to be taken away. We are speculating whether some of the large piles of "lop and top" such as the one on the far bank are awaiting a mobile chipper so the scrap wood can be made into pellets for fuel.
But the scale of clearing along the riverbanks is causing some riverains some concern. Along the Aigronne. and its tributaries such as the Rémillon below La Celle Guenand, all the riverside trees and shrubs, regardless of species, have been coppiced (cut to the ground) in some places. Yohann Sionneau, the river technician, insists that his team have been removing nothing but poplars, in accordance with their policy. But, he said, some individual proprietors, working on their own stretches of river, had been rather too enthusiastic.
|Bare banks - not much cover here!|
The trees and shrubs along the river provide an essential wildlife corridor, linking isolated patches of woodland and enabling birds, mammals and insects to find food or a mate or a nest site or somewhere to roost. The cover will grow back, but right now the banks are bald. We have not seen a single squirrel this winter - we saw them regularly last year. However we have heard three great spotted woodpeckers drumming simultaneously at different points along our still-covered stretch of riverbank. We have not yet heard an oriole, that lover of poplar plantations - many poplars have gone, but there are still plenty left for the orioles.
|Wildlife corridor along the Rémillon|