Detailed initial study to analyse human visitor numbers (Action A5)

The Chambaran camp is primarily used by military personnel for shooting training (light infantry weapons, rockets and drones, grenades, mortars and explosives).

The site is particularly rich in mushrooms and lily of the valley, and civilians visit the site regularly to collect these species. There is also a hunting and fishing association that uses the forest and lakes on the camp on a regular basis.

The aim of the study is to locate and quantify human visitors and analyse the impact of human activities on the lakes and the forest bats.

The results of this study will be used to:

  • determine the most suitable locations for eco-counters which will provide quantitative data about human visitor numbers
  • propose lake management strategies in accordance with the habitats of community importance that they house
  • target and prepare for enforcement operations (action C6).

 The objective of these actions is to limit the threats to these vulnerable sites. The actions will be established in conjunction with the army and users of the military base.

Visitor management operation (Action C6)

Two types of action will be taken to limit the threats to these sites as a result of human activity:

  • The erection of information signs along the banks of the lakes for military personnel and fishers to protect the shores, which are of European importance
  • Four enforcement operations in conjunction with various police services and authorised agents.
Information signs (Action E3)

 Three types of sign are planned:

  • A sign by the entrance, stating the fact that the military camp is involved in a biodiversity protection project
  • An information sign describing the project and the specific actions at the military base
  • Signs describing the work undertaken, which will detail current operations and the aims of these operations.