The Coeur de Combrailles and Châteauneuf-les-Bains area is a wild spot where fauna and flora is abundant. It’s a fragile area as well and it’s crucial to protect it in order to maintain this natural heritage.


butterfly over a flower of CombraillesCombrailles ; a wild land

The Pays of Combrailles is an area where wildlife is dense and diverse. This richness result from the commitment of organizations who control the amount of items from each species on the territory. Among these organization, the Birds Protection League runs an observatory spot over Saint-Gervais d’Auvergne. This place is ideal for the observation of birds while migration. Wildlife is rich as well within rivers and water spots. We count plenty of trouts, carps and pikes for the pleasure of fishers.

The gorge of Sioule, a Natura 2000 area

The gorge of Sioule are protected through the program Natura 2000. This area spread from Miremont to Chouvigny and cross the district over 5 municipalities : Saint-Priest des Champs, Sauret-Besserve, Saint-Gervais d’Auvergne, Ayat-sur-Sioule and Châteauneuf-les-Bains.
This area is protected for its natural housing and for the fragile species living there such as bats. This classification is a guarantee for wildlife and biodiversity in the Combrailles.