In the Lot, certain areas are protected by prefectural order because two raptorsthe Faucon pilgrim and the Heagle owl, y establish their nest. The French Office for Biodiversity (OFB) ensures compliance with the regulations during sensitive periods, as was the case during the weekend of April 23 and 24, 2022.
The regulations on the APPBs
Since 2018, a prefectural decree of protection of the biotope (APPB) is in effect to protect the habitat of the Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) and the Eagle Owl (bubo bubo). This text identifies 37 sites, mainly cliffs, for which protective measures are taken during the sensitive period of reproduction, from 1er January to June 15.
Among these protective measures is prohibition of:
– the practice of rock climbing;
– attendance at the foot and top of the cliff over a distance of 30 meters
– flying over sites less than 100 meters from the rock walls (ULM, base jump, drone, etc.);
– the aerial evolution less than 100 meters from the rock faces (slackline, zipline…).
the non-compliance with prescriptions of this decree is liable to a fine of 135 euros. The order is available at the following address, along with IGN maps and aerial photos for each site: http://www.lot.gouv.fr/appb-r4206.html. At this same address is also the echo of the cliffs, taking stock of three years of follow-ups protected sites.
The role of the OFB
Officers from the departmental service of the Lot OFB ensure compliance with this decree. Regular monitoring is thus organised. On Saturday April 23 and Sunday April 24, 2022, for example, the 37 sites were covered. As the weather was rainy, there were very few users of these rock environments. No violations were noted. But beautiful observations have been made: Peregrine Falcon and Eurasian Eagle Owl, but also other species living on the cliffs such as the common raven and the rock swallow.