Ecosystem

Ecosystem

The site of Lake Devesset is classified as a ZNIEFF (Zone Naturelle d'Intérêt Ecologique, Faunistique et Floristique) which translates as a Natural Zone of Ecological Interest for both Fauna and Flora.

This status is indicative of the site's natural biodiversity as well as its fragility. You can come across a number of rare plant and animal species.

A portion of the wider area on the northern part of the lake, has the additional NATURA 2000 classification, a European network of natural heritage sites rich in wildlife and exceptional flora.

The NATURA 2000 classification will ensure the future preservation of the bog and the diverse species that inhabit it. This is a very special acid wetland where the mineralisation of the peat is virtually non-existent because of the acidity.

Organic materials accumulate without being transformed. Plants adapted to this environment have developed unique survival strategies like those of the Sundew, which traps passing midges to supplement its diet.

So what's the best way to study and enjoy these rare species?

There will soon be a nature trail all around the lake with stretches of duckboard over the wetter areas and interactive educational information boards so that you can discover more about this unusual environment without damaging it.