Rives du Vincin nature reserve

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In an idyllic rural and coastal setting, the Rives du Vincin site is a protected natural area belonging to the Conservatoire du Littoral (coastal protection society) and managed by Vannes town council. This site attracts around 12,000 walkers per month.
The Conservatoire du littoral (coastal protection society) and the town council have drawn up a site management plan, which, in addition to the agricultural component, provides for the development of the natural spaces. This work is aimed at preserving and increasing the ecological quality of land habitats that are not influenced by the sea. It also aims to maintain and enhance the rural landscape of this coastal strip and develop an integrated low-cost sustainable management strategy for the natural spaces by exploiting its agricultural past. This management plan will make it possible to increase the ecological properties of the salt marsh and to raise awareness and to educate the public as regards the preservation of its heritage, while at the same time encouraging the development of natural meadows.

Cost and funding
€37,750 exc. VAT for operating costs (land maintenance and activities for the public), 50% financed by the Regional authorities and 50% by Vannes town council.
€82,600 capital investment (creation of a discovery trail in Bernus, modification of pathways, signs…), 50% funded by the Regional authorities, 37% by the Conservatoire and 13% by the Town council.

An educational farm in spring 2007
In 2003, the owner, Conservatoire du Littoral (coastal protection society), and the management body, Vannes town council, in partnership with the professionals and the agricultural institutions (Chamber of Agriculture, ADASEA, departmental agricultural and forestry service and farmers' representatives), have initiated a feasibility study with a view to reinstating agricultural activity on the site.
Between October 2005 and January 2006, a selection was then made on the basis of studies of application dossiers, presentations and written questions in order to choose from among the numerous projects put forward.
The project eventually selected was that of Christelle Guérin. It involved a range-type sheep farm, producing fodder to satisfy its own needs.  It also included plans for educational activities for Vannes schoolchildren for the beginning of the 2007/08 school year, in collaboration with the Nature centre, and also bed and breakfast accommodation.

The work
A considerable amount of work will be needed to bring this project to fruition:
renovation of the farm building and, in particular, the living areas, the installation of a sheep barn, and landscaping work.
Cost and funding
The cost of the work is €313,500 exc. VAT, €33,500 of which will be borne by the farmer. The funding is provided by the Conservatoire du littoral (coastal protection society) (35%), Vannes town council (35%) and the Conseil Général (county council) (30%).



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