Roc de Chère: a forest full of live
A young forest
The Green Lizard
The Fire Salamander
It only uses ponds to give birth to its larvae, equipped with gills, like tadpoles. A poor swimmer, it quickly returns to the forest, leaving her young to lead their first phase of aquatic life. This nocturnal animal has smooth, black skin interrupted on its back by a yellow, occasionally orange, pattern of dots and/or lines. Each individual has a unique pattern!
The mediterranean forest
Common or Bell Heather
Common Heather is often confused with other species of heather such as Bell Heather. This confusion comes from the exploitation of heather soil, called “black gold”, a very good fertilizer used by gardeners. Indeed, Common Heather is able to grow on acid soils and even directly on the rock. The dead plant parts pile up and decompose and form black humus. Asters CEN74, manager of the nature reserve, is carrying out actions in order to preserve the Common Heather, which is gradually being colonized by ferns.
Forest ponds: an essential environment
Forest ponds, prime wetlands, are sources of drinking water for many mammals (deer, bats, foxes).
They are also ideal breeding sites for many insects (dragonflies) and amphibians (frogs, newts).
The Common Wild Madder
Lime- and sandstone soil
Roc de Chère is located on a very original fault, between two geological layers which give this specific shape the landscape. The Green Lizard and Wild Madder prefer these draining and hot limestone environments, while Common Heather and ponds are found on sandstone, an acid and impermeable soil.
The secrets of the marshland
- From the car park, follow the sign "Belvédère du Roc de Chère" passing in front of the ruins of the old roman baths and the tomb of Hippolyte Taine just before entering the forest.
- After a slight climb, turn right at the yellow markings "Le Mur des Moines". Keep to the right on the main trail which runs along the golf course, then go down under the Belvedere.
- Turn left at the sign "sous le Belvédère" and go up on the main trail.
- After a viewpoint from the Belvedere, continue to "La Patte d'Oie".
- At the sign "La Patte d'Oie", turn left until you reach the entrance to the golf course.
- Cross the golf course on the left and follow the sign for walkers.
- Continue straight ahead and go back to the mark "Le Mur des Moines".
Always be careful and plan ahead when hiking. Asters, CEN 74 can not be held responsible for the occurrence of an accident or any inconvenience on this itinerary.
Bus 60 from Annecy, stop: Menthon-Saint-Bernard, main town.
Access and parking
From Faverges: take road RD 1508 to the Doussard roundabout. At the roundabout, follow the direction of Talloires. Follow the direction of Annecy. Just before the center of the village of Menthon-Saint-Bernard, turn left towards Palace de Menthon.
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