Focus on the wildlife Nature Reserve 'les marais d'Isle'
The "Parc d'Isle" is a park in the town, at Saint-Quentin.
It is a good spot to observe the wild birds that chose the wilde nature reserve, to spend the winter !
The Parc abuts the wilde nature "Les Marais d’Isle", protected under the natura 2000 programm
Parc d'Isle and Wild nature reserve: for Nature lovers, even in town!
The scenic Parc d’Isle includes areas planted with a wide variety of tree species, a physick garden, a smallholding with domesticated animals, picnic areas, games for children and several Maisons (houses)—special places for educational work and exhibitions.
The Maison de l’environnement: This site houses a permanent exhibition "Renewable energy and the greenhouse effect" and as the seasons change, on the major environmental themes (water, air, waste, noise, energy and unspoiled areas), as well as temporary exhibitions.
The Maison des Marais: This is the ideal workshop for Nature Wednesdays (for children aged 6/12). Here, during Nature walks, you can be lucky enough to see rainforest wildlife, and gaze at the arboretum, planted around the lake.
The Maison de la Nature and the Fermette: The first of these gives groups from schools and associations an educational introduction to the animals. As for the Fermette (smallholding), it has all kinds of breeds of pigeons, farmyard animals, goats, sheep, lambs, peacocks, donkeys, ponies, etc.
The wildlife protection centre, where sick or injured wild birds are cared for, is also in the park.
The Parc d’Isle abuts the Réserve Naturelle des Marais D’Isle. This nature reserve, protected under the “Natura 2000” programme, is the natural habitat of a great many animal and plant species. It is watered by the Somme, whose source is 12 km from Saint-Quentin. The width of its valley, and the slow flow rate of the Somme, make Saint-Quentin and its surroundings a marshy area where remarkable biodiversity is protected and thrives.
Three rare plants and five species of birds are protected there. Strolling along the paths around the reserve gives both young and old the chance to see common species such as mallards, or great crested grebes, or (with a little patience and persistence) to glimpse herons’ nests and even some rarer overwintering species, such as common pochards or little grebes, regular visitors to the lagoons of the Somme.