Loop trail of Chalets du Truc by Maison Neuve
The Black Woodpecker
These lodges are often reused by other species, which are then called "host species", which can be birds, such as small mountain owls (Little Owl or Tengmalm), or mammals, such as the Pine Marten, a mustelid, cousin of the Weasel.
The Little Owl
The Three-toed Woodpecker
It is however very agile in climbing trees, and is the nightmare of xylophagous insects, which feed on wood, and in particular the Spruce Bark Beetle, the main ingredient of its daily menu!
Be discreet, its drumming, a way of communicating by tapping its beak on the trunks or branches, is not very audible. The nature reserve is one of the few areas where this species is still present.
The Stoat or Short-tailed Weasel
It is the Stoat, a small, fast and powerful mustelid, from the same family as Badgers and Martens. It actually doesn’t play but it hunts Voles, its favorite prey, thanks to its slender body which allows it to slip into the voles underground tunnels, where this prey unfortunately feels save.
European Spruce Bark Beetle
It wreaks havoc, especially on its host tree, the spruce, because it is a xylophage, which means it feeds on wood. Its name refers to the small cavities it digs under the bark, in order to mate out of sight and deposit its eggs.
Woodpeckers, and in particular the Three-toed Woodpecker, are one of the best natural regulators for Spruce bark Beetles.
- At the intersection, turn left on the forest track to "Chalets du Truc".
- Leave the forest track and take the path on your right.
- Turn right and continue on the up going forest track.
- You have arrived at "Chalets du Truc". To continue to "Mont Truc", continue on the same path.
- At the bifurcation, turn left and follow the path on the slopes of "Mont Truc".
- You have arrived. The return is by the same route to point 7.
- Continue on the forest track.
- At the bifurcation, take the forest track on the left.
- At the intersection, continue on the down going track.
- At the bifurcation, turn left.
- Cross the paved road and take "Chemin du P'tou".
- Follow the path to the car park.
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