Crypte de l'église abbatiale de Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire Crypt of the abbey church of Saint-Benoît-sur-LoireForêt d'Orléans Forest of OrléansGabare sur la Loire Abbatiale romane de St-Benoît-sur-Loire Romanesque abbey church in St-Benoît-sur-LoireOratoire carolingien de Germigny-des-Prés Carolingian oratory of Germigny-des-Présclocher de l'abbatiale de Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire Tower of the Abbey church of Saint-Benoît-sur-LoireMosaïque (détail) de Germigny-des-Prés Mosaic (detail) in Germigny-des-PrésOratoire carolingien et tamaris

The role of the Conservatory

In order to preserve the countryside in the Centre region and the Loire in particular, volunteers founded an association under the 1901 law in the 90s. Today the Conservatory of Natural Areas in the Centre Region (Conservatoire d’espaces naturels de la région Centre - cen centre) is based in Orleans, has over 200 members and employs a staff of twenty. In 2011, it protected over 3000 hectares spread across 94 remarkable natural sites.
As part of the Loire nature programme, many protection, management and awareness-raising activities have been carried out in the Guilly meanders area, including on the Ile de Mahis.


Activities of the Conservatory


Sheeps at the port of St Benoît-sur-Loire

The most high-profile activity is no doubt the use of a herd of Solognote sheep to graze the banks of the Loire, and the transhumance organised between the various preserved sites as part of the Pasto’Loire project. See the website to find out more about Pasto’Loire, as well as all the Conservatory’s activities to promote biodiversity, and subscribe to the newsletter. You can also join the association and play an active part in preserving the region’s natural heritage by becoming a volunteer.


Conservatoire d’espaces naturels de la Région Centre
Antenne Eure-et-Loire / Loiret
3 rue de la Lionne - 45 000 Orléans
Tel. : 00 33 (0)2 38 59 97 13
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