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Preserving our

Protected natural areas

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The preservation of protected natural areas is crucial to maintaining biodiversity and essential ecosystems. These areas provide refuge for threatened species and enable important scientific research. They also contribute to human well-being by providing ecosystem services. Protecting these areas requires effective policies, awareness-raising and cooperation from everyone!

Essential ecosystems

Our protected natural areas

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⚠️ These areas are protected, so it is important to respect the following instructions on sites accessible to the public:

🍃 Respect the paths,

🍃 Keep dogs on a lead,

🍃 Do not come in a motor vehicle,

🍃 Do not pick plants,

🍃 Do not throw away rubbish.

Tourbière Ippling

Natura 2000 site: the marsh

in Ippling

The Ippling marsh, located between the communes of Sarreguemines, Woustviller and Ippling, is a 54-hectare complex of wetlands comprising an alkaline peat bog, a marsh and wet meadows. Recognised at European level (Natura 2000), it is home to the rare Liparis de Loesel orchid and a significant number of butterflies, such as the Swamp Copper and the Succise's Damier. For more than 20 years, the Communauté d'Agglomération Sarreguemines Confluences (CASC) has been working with the Lorraine Conservatory of Natural Spaces to promote and protect this exceptional site.

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Pelouses marneuses Grosbliederstroff

Marly grasslands

in Grosbliederstroff

The 8-hectare marl grasslands on the Grosbliederstroff communal estate were protected in 2007 as compensation for the damage caused by the creation of the Sarreguemines ring road. This site is home to the rare plant association Chloroperfoliatae-Brometum erecti, recognised as being of European interest. It also protects a variety of birds, such as the Red-backed Shrike, and butterflies, such as the Whip-poor-will and the Succise's Damier.

Azure de la sanguisorbe

Wet meadow hosting the Large Blue butterfly

in Wittring

The wet meadow site with Dusky Large Blue butterflies, located in the commune of Wittring, is a complex of wet meadows hosting the Great Burnet (Sanguisorba officinalis), the host plant of the Dusky Large Blue butterfly, a rare species of European interest. The decline of this butterfly is mainly due to changes in agricultural practices, which have led to the disappearance of its host plant and the fragmentation of its habitats. Since 2019, the CASC, in partnership with the Conservatory, has been conducting a "Green and Blue Network" initiative to protect the meadows with Great Burnet and promote adapted agricultural practices. The goal is to create a network of habitats favorable to the survival of the Dusky Large Blue butterfly.

Prairies Sarreinsming

Wet meadows & lawns

in Sarreinsming

The wet grasslands and meadows at Sarreinsming, covering 6 hectares, are renowned for their mesophilic upright brome grass. This site is home to a variety of orchids, such as the Burnt and Frog Orchids, as well as a butterfly of interest, the Whip-poor-will. The meadows of the Sarre are home to the Meadow Meadow-rue and are a potential habitat for the Dusky Large Blue butterflies. The main risk to these areas is overgrowth, which threatens the diversity of flora and fauna in these open habitats, traditionally maintained by extensive farming practices. It is therefore crucial to maintain suitable farming activities to prevent overgrowth and preserve these valuable habitats.

Linaigrette à feuilles larges

The wet meadows

in Grundviller

The wet meadows of Grundviller were protected by the SNCF as compensation for the destruction of a meadow with Field Scabious during the construction of the TGV line. Thanks to this initiative, 3 hectares of meadow have been preserved. The two sites in Grundviller, Wiesenaht and Stribbahr, host a remarkable floristic diversity, including Marsh Clubmoss, Broad-leaved Cottongrass, and Compressed Bulrush. Additionally, a population of the Large Copper butterfly resides there.

Zone humides Val de Guéblange

The wetlands

of Val-de-Guéblange

The Val-de-Guéblange protected sites cover a total area of 27 hectares, encompassing three distinct wetland ecosystems: a wet meadow (Grossmichelsbrunnen), a marsh (Barbason), and a pond (Schwartzkloster). These diverse habitats highlight the importance of preserving wetlands to maintain ecological balance and biodiversity. Among the emblematic species, the meadow scabious occupies a special place due to its widespread presence. These areas also provide essential refuges for a variety of other plant and animal species, contributing to the richness and health of the surrounding ecosystems. They are also part of the Natura 2000 site: Valleys of the Sarre, Albe and Isch - Francaltroff marshes.

Forêt Sarralbe

Forest & wetlands

in Sarralbe

The Sarralbe site is an area of woodland undergoing natural development, standing out as an island of old woodland in a context where most of the surrounding area is given over to silviculture. Its preservation and character were enhanced by a bequest to the conservatory around ten years ago. This legacy has allowed the area to develop freely, preserving an ancient and diverse forest ecosystem, providing a crucial habitat for many plant and animal species.

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Prairies St Jean Rohrbach

Meadow & forest complex

in Saint-Jean-Rohrbach

The Saint Jean Rohrbach site represents a natural heritage of great value, where meadows and forests meet, a combination that is becoming increasingly rare in a context marked by the intensification of environmental practices. Preserving these areas is of crucial importance in providing secure habitats for local wildlife populations, thereby helping to maintain regional biodiversity. The grassland is home to a species of European importance, the true bedstraw, as well as supporting a diversity of insects essential to the ecological balance of the region. By conserving these ecosystems, we are helping to ensure the health and stability of local natural environments.

Orchis incarnat

Lempich Marsh & former railway line

in Kappelkinger

The Lempich Marsh in Kappelkinger is one of the first protected sites, a wetland that has been preserved for almost twenty years. It is home to a rich biodiversity, including the Incarnate Orchid and Blond Sedge, playing a crucial role in preserving local biodiversity and the regional ecological balance. In addition, protection measures have been taken for the former railway line, now transformed into a footpath, providing refuges for wildlife in the face of the increasing intensification of human activities.

Nature Knowledge

The Conservatory of Natural Areas of Lorraine

This page was created in partnership with the Conservatory of Natural Areas of Lorraine.
The conservatory's website is available only in French.

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The Conservatory of Natural Areas of Lorraine is an organization dedicated to protecting the natural environments of the region. Their main mission is to safeguard the fragile ecosystems of Lorraine through concrete actions in the field. Their team actively works on habitat restoration and monitors endangered species. Additionally, they raise public awareness about the importance of nature through educational programs, field trips, and community events. Comprised of passionate experts devoted to environmental preservation, they collaborate closely with local stakeholders, government institutions, and NGOs to promote sustainable management of natural resources. Join them in their commitment to preserving Lorraine's natural richness and ensuring a sustainable future for generations to come!

The sites


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What does Natura 2000 mean? The Natura 2000 network is a European network of natural sites aimed at protecting remarkable species and habitats representative of European biodiversity, while maintaining socio-economic activities. In France, there are 1,753 Natura 2000 sites.

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