Ecotourism in France, protecting Corsican landscapes
The protection and preservation of natural landscapes is a priority at Riva Bella Naturist
The exceptional nature of the Riva Bella site in Corsica (dune, beach, thicket, saltwater lagoon, presence of wildlife, endemic flora) requires constant efforts to guarantee the protection of these natural species. As co-manager of the Terrenzana lagoon with the French Coastline Conservatory in Corsica (CLFC), Riva Bella is committed to actively preserving and protecting sites: reducing the impact of tourist activities by prioritising sustainable tourism, raising public awareness to the issues of ecotourism in France, raising public awareness to the site's biodiversity as well as dune rehabilitation and revegetation campaigns.
Dune, beach, thickets and saltwater lagoon, a real patchwork of landscapes and ecosystems to be discovered!
The Terrenzana saltwater lagoon occupies the southern part of the Domaine de Riva Bella; the northern part is home to the holiday complex with naturist accommodation, the campsite and infrastructures integrated into the thicket. To the west extends a vast stretch of wilderness and to the east lies the beach, bordering the Mediterranean Sea.
Terrenzana saltwater lagoon
Terrenzana is a saltwater lagoon and therefore is not home to mosquito colonies. Furthermore, the presence of geckos as well as numerous batrachians in the domain, which feed on the mosquitoes tend to lower their numbers.
The lagoon, which on occasion connects to the sea, forms an important habitat for wildlife. It has kept its natural form and is protected from significant pollution. Its flora and fauna provide us with an insight to the region's former natural landscape before modernisation.
The Corsican thicket, known as the maquis
The maquis is a very dense formation of plants that are not as tall as a forest and mainly comprised from drought-resistant species. Typical of the Corsican and southern French countryside, it is formed from many different species of plant (arbutus unedo, myrtus communis, cistus, erica arborea, quercus ilex, pistacia lentiscus...).
Along the coastline and on the hotter slopes, combinations of the maquis, garrigue (helichrysum, lavandula, rosmarinus, thymus...) and exotic flora (ficus-indica, agave americana, aloe, eucalyptus, globulus citrus medica...) can be seen.
The dune is home to a wide range of vegetation (lotus cytisoides, anthemis maritima, crucianella maritima, medicago marina, sporobolus pungens, otanthus maritimus...) as well as juniperus oxycedrus, endemic to Corsica, which grows in the sand.
These endemic or wild species must be taken care of. Please do not uproot or trample them as they help us fight against erosion, a problem with which we are all confronted.
With advice from the French National Botanical Conservatory of Corsica, we are leading a rehabilitation and revegetation campaign to fight against erosion.
Faced with the site's invasion from intrusive exogenous species, these actions focus on the following two measures:
1. eliminating invasive species
2. restoring the regional flora that is perfectly suited to maintaining the dune and thus reducing the effects of erosion.
If you would like to take part in our action, below is a list of useful techniques and a description of the species present on the site (invasive species and species being replanted).
Carpobrotus edulis is a creeping plant with fat leaves bursting with water, triangular in shape, resembling the shape of a large claw. Introduced to the Mediterranean coastline for the beauty of its purple flowers and its hardiness, it has adapted so well that it now poses a threat to more fragile ecosystems and biodiversity.
Practically indestructible, carpobrotus edulis resists perfectly to drought and sea spray. It grows in low-grade soil, quickly developing to form a dense growth, suffocating other species of plant. Our first action is to protect certain sectors by gradually uprooting carpobrotus edulis plants so that adapted species already present can spontaneously multiply.
Our second measure consists in encouraging the multiplication of species adapted to suit the dune. Two techniques can be used according to the species: sowing seeds or planting cuttings.
Seeds are harvested then sown in autumn. The following species are concerned: lotus cytysoides, anthemis maritima, crucianella maritima and all species present near the beach.
By planting cuttings, we are able to duplicate certain species of plants. This consists in cutting part of a plant and replanting it. This cutting takes root and develops, giving rise to a new plant similar to the original. The following species are concerned: medicago marina, sporobolus pungens, elytrigia juncea and achillea maritima.
These different actions help us restore local species well suited to the environment and thus gradually replace carpobrotus edulis plants.
For the backdune, we are prioritising trees and shrubs such as: juniperus phoenicea and rosmarinus officinalis.
In highly eroded sectors, we can also recover and transplant dislodged plants doomed to disappear; the most opportune period for this is in autumn, after the first rainfall.
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Fauna at Riva Bella
A wide range of fauna comprising more than 70 wild species...
Flora at Riva Bella
More than 50 remarkable species present on the site...
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The lama farm
The lamas also play a role in the ecosystem...
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