The Nature Reserve

Welcome to the highest nature reserve in France, the only protected area in the Mont-Blanc range.

A protected area from the forest to the glaciers

The only  protected area in the  Mont-Blanc range since 1979, the Nature Reserve is within the territory of  Les Contamines-Montjoie. A 5,500 acre reserve of extreme ecological variety.

Stretching from 1,100 m (at the gates of the village) to 3,892 m altitude (l’Aiguille Nord –Tré la Tête), the highest nature reserve in France boasts a range of natural environments over a 2,800m difference in altitude.

Diverse flora and fauna

The wildlife in the reserve leads a quiet life. The lower part is home to the more common species of the forest such as deer, roe deer, badgers, foxes and other nocturnal species such as the Pygmy owl or Boreal owl.  Above the spruce belt; peat bogs, streams, pastures and lakes are home to more traditional species of the Alps such as the marmot, ibex, chamois and ptarmigan. Wetlands add to the diversity, home to various butterflies, dragonflies and amphibians. From here, the Reserve stretches up and beyond towards the majestic Tré la Tete glacier that covers nearly 1000 ha.

 

Management of the Reserve

The nature reserve is managed by the conservation group Asters. It has 3 major missions: the protection of  the natural environment,   scientific studies  and environmental awareness.

Participate in the conservation of the site by following the rules and regulations.

Nature Information Centre

The Nature Information Centre is dedicated to the Nature Reserve. On site: artistic and scientific photographic exhibitions, films, debates and games. Come and discover the mysteries and hidden treasures of the Nature Reserve here.

Open during school holidays:  Monday to Sunday from 9: 00 to 12: 00 and 15: 00 to 19: 00.

Free entry.