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Fauna & Flora

Let yourself be transported by the luscious green and aromatic fragrances that imbue the hillsides scattered with thyme, rosemary, lavender, broom, rock rose and juniper. There are a whole host of essences that can be discovered by walking, but that you can also taste in delicious products from our local producers.

Let yourself be transported by the luscious green and aromatic fragrances that imbue the hillsides scattered with thyme, rosemary, lavender, broom, rock rose and juniper. There are a whole host of essences that can be discovered by walking, but that you can also taste in delicious products from our local producers.

Explore a wealth of exceptional plant life and diverse wildlife. We are situated in a major migration corridor, so you’ll be amazed by the variety of insects, amphibians, small mammals and birds.

In the south, the plain that was once connected to the sea is now intersected by the Canal du Midi. It forms a large garden, boasting a unique biodiversity in which majestic trees stand alongside yellow irises, rushes and loosestrife and provide a natural backdrop to the canal. Here you can spot swallows, wagtails, golden orioles, grey herons, but also coypu (river rats), mallards, moorhens and swans. In terms of fish, carp, bream and roach share the waters with other species, including carnivorous predators such as pike, zander, perch and catfish.

Further north, the hills and valleys start to emerge. Largely blanketed in vines and garrigue scrubland, they are also home to Kermes oak, almond, fig and wild olive trees. Here more than anywhere else, the air is thick with fragrances. In the spring, the garrigue scrubland is awash with a myriad of colours – the yellow of the Spanish broom and coronilla, the white of the asphodels, the pink of the rock rose, orchids and thyme, and the blue of the lavender, rosemary and aphyllanthes. It’s quite something!

The Orb, weaving its way through the landscape, is home to grey herons, egrets and kingfishers, but also to increasing numbers of black kites. In the water you’ll find small, harmless viperine water snakes, pike, carp, eels, etc.

The garrigue scrubland also finds its way onto our plate!

The garrigue is brimming with delicious flavours all year round: nectar infused with the spectacular colour of Judas tree flowers, the subtle taste of the elderberry tree, delicate azarole fruit, juicy strawberry-like arbutus fruit, blackberries, figs, wild asparagus to liven up omelettes, wild leeks, garlic, fennel and lettuce, and chestnuts…the list is endless! Take care to identify them correctly though.

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