Located south of lake Saint-Point
in the Doubs valley, the Natural Reserve is one of the richest
natural area in Haut-Doubs.
Besides its remarkable landscape interest, this site of 427 hectares groups several different natural environments, such as the lake, a peat bog, a swamp, fields and forest zones. However its main attraction is made of the altitude wetlands (850 to 980 m above sea level).
The Remoray lake is well known for its exceptionnal bird fauna. 227 different species have been counted here.
The more prestigious nesting birds are related to the humid zones: Common Snipes (Gallinago gallinago), Water Rails (Rallus aquaticus) and the rare Spotted Crake (Porzana porzana).
More common, Common Coots (Fulica atra), Great Crested Grebes (Podiceps cristatus), Little Grebes (Tachybaptus ruficollis), Mute Swans (Cygnus olor) and Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) animate the place.
Since 1992, Tufted Ducks (Aythya fuligula) and Common Pochards (Aythya ferina) nest in the reserve. In the wet meadows, a few Corn Crakes (Crex crex) are irregularly present beside Whinchats (Saxicola rubetra) and Meadow Pipits (Anthus pratensis). The wooded peatbog welcomes the Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea) and the Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris). The first nest in France of this species was discovered here in 1955 by the well-known swiss ornithologist Paul Géroudet. Finally, the Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius), the Tengmalm's Owl (Aegolius funereus) and the Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium passerinum) are present in the forest of the Grand'Côte. The Three-toed Woodpecker (Picoides tridactylus) was observed in 1990 and 1991 and the Middle Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos medius) discovered here in 2005.
Not well known until recently, the invertebra fauna is also very rich. 48 butterfly species have been counted, including the Common Ringlet (Coenonympha tullia), Helleia helle and Euphydryas aurinia. Nearby the reserve, a limestone hillside has been cleared in 1996 and 2004 for a small number of Apollo (Parnassius apollo). 40 species of dragonflies live in the humid zones, some of them specialised in acid waters: White-Faced Darter (Leucorrhinia dubia), Northern emerald (Somatochlora arctica) and Somatochlora alpestris.
In the marshes, you can observe many orchids flowers beside Dianthus superbus and Primula farinosa. Three carnivorous plants are there: Pinguicula vulgaris and two species of Utricularia. The acid peat bogs shelter another carnivorous plant: Drosera rotundifolia beside Andromeda polifolia. Behind the vegetable belts of the lake, extend megaphorbias in which Polemonium caeruleum and Aconitum napellus flower...