"Les Rives du Tech" : a Natura 2000 classified site.

The Natura 2000 site of banks of the Tech River stretches for approximately 75 km from Argelès-sur-Mer and Elne to Prats-de-Mollo.

These banks have been classified under Natura 2000 because they host habitats and animal species of Community interest. Thus, the riparian glutinous alder, draped willow and oxyphyl ash form a mosaic of habitats. This plant biodiversity is home to an equally remarkable fauna. We can then find the Otter and the Desman of the Pyrenees, mammals subservient to the aquatic environment. This Mediterranean river also offers hunting areas for seven species of insectivorous bats. Its waters, and those of its tributaries, of "very good" to "good" quality are the privileged habitat of the Southern Barbeau and the White-clawed Crayfish. The heritage value of this watershed is such that it is one of the rare places in France to shelter the Leprous Emyde (aquatic turtle) and the Pyrenean Euproct (small urodel amphibian).

This biodiversity must be preserved. It is not a question of putting this site "under cover" but of managing human activities and the presence of animal and plant species as well as possible. To do so, at the start of 2012, the Objectives Document (DOCOB) was validated by the Steering Committee and then the Prefect. The socio-economic and ecological diagnoses of the territory are presented there. Following this inventory, conservation issues will be established and the objectives to achieve them. This long-term work will ultimately make it possible to mobilize funds to perpetuate practices that guarantee the proper functioning and preservation of the site's ecosystems.

Source (FR) : Syncicat du Tech