Stay in the nature campsite in Corsica

The protection of natural areas

Are you attracted by ecotourism and all the steps of eco-responsible tourism? The exceptional nature of the naturist campsite in Corsica (dune, beach, scrubland, salt lake, presence of wild species, endemic flora), implies a constant mobilisation to ensure the protection of these natural spaces. Co-manager of the Terrenzana pond with the Corsican Coastal Conservatory, Riva Bella is actively involved in the preservation and protection of the sites: limiting the impact of tourist activity by favouring sustainable tourism, raising public awareness of the stakes of ecotourism, raising public awareness of the site's biodiversity, campaigns for the restoration and revegetation of the dunes.

Camping close to nature

The salt lake of Terrenzana occupies the southern part of the estate, the north includes the holiday village, the campsite and the infrastructures integrated in the maquis, to the west lies a vast expanse of wild maquis, to the east finally lies the beach, which borders the Mediterranean Sea. From the Corsican nature campsite, be as close as possible to magnificent beaches such as Santa Giulia or the Palombaggia, near Ile Rousse, or the Lavezzi Islands. Located in a shady park in a preserved nature, the family campsite and its heated swimming pool (thalasso centre) will be for you a real haven of peace, just a stone's throw from the city centre of Aléria in Haute-Corse, Porto-Vecchio and the most beautiful beaches around. For a weekend or a long holiday, book among the camping pitches or bungalows a stay with heated swimming pool and children's club, at the foot of the cork oaks.

The salt pond of Terrenzana

The pond of Terrenzana is a salted pond located at the edge of the Corsican nature campsite, it does not therefore host mosquito colonies. Moreover, the presence on the domain of geckos and many batrachians who feed on them, would rather tend to make their number decrease.

The pond is an important habitat for ecological diversity. It has retained its natural character and is protected from heavy pollution. Its preserved vegetation is a representative testimony of the past natural landscapes of the eastern plain, before it took on its agricultural vocation.

This estuary-type pond has a temporary communication with the sea. A relatively large supply of fresh water prevents it from reaching very high salinities.

This estuary formation, of tectonic origin, includes :

  • banks covered with rushes;
  • enganes to the south
  • reed beds in the north;
  • sparse hygrophilic woodland around the pond (tamarisk and alder);
  • a coastal wood with juniper trees;
  • low scrub with strawberry trees, rockrose, rockrose, heather, rosemary, in the south and west of the area, on better drained land;
  • a herbarium with ruppia and charas in the pond.

The marshy alder grove along the road to Riva Bella to the west of the site studied is of great floristic interest, particularly due to the presence of several determining species such as the Big-leaved Crowfoot, the Ophioglossus-leaved Crowfoot and above all the Elegant Water Crowfoot, a species of great heritage value. In addition, at the extreme south-east of the site on the coastal zone there are stations of Faux orlaya.

To the north of the road of the Corsican nature campsite, one notes the herpetological interest of this sector very favourable to the Hermann's tortoise. In terms of avifauna, this area, and in particular the reed bed, represents an attractive pole for the nesting of some species of aquatic birds although the salinity is a little too marked, and a favourable environment for the parking and the passage of migratory birds. Moreover, the site is very varied in terms of waders and other water birds both in spring and autumn (numerous species of knights, sandpipers, herons, Anatidae...).

The Corsican maquis

Scrubland is a plant formation lower than a forest, very dense, consisting mainly of drought-resistant shrubs. Typical of the Corsican landscape, it is composed of several plant species including strawberry bush, myrtle, white and pink rockrose, tree heather, holm oak, filaria and mastic grass.

Along the coastline and on the warmest slopes there is an area where scrub and garrigue intertwine. This is the exotic flora. Prickly pears, American agave, aloe, eucalyptus and cedar trees can be found here. There are rockrose, calycotomes (a kind of broom), arbutus, juniper, myrtle, mastic grass, asphodels, thistles and cyclamen, immortals, lavender, rosemary and fragrant thyme. And of course, holm oaks and cork oaks blend majestically with the Corsican maquis.

The dune

On the barrier beach there is a diverse vegetation. Woods of Juniper (Juniperus oxycedrus subsp macrocarpa) grow on the lido, a species that is not very common on the Mediterranean coast and is not found on the mainland. Along the beach you can also find the False Rattlebush, the Sand Daisy, the Maritime Crucianella, the Sea Alfalfa, the Prickly Sporobole, the Beach Elymus, the Maritime Diotis...

Endemic or wild species that need to be taken care of, not to be uprooted or trampled, they help us to fight against the erosion we are facing.

Revegetation of the dunes

Thanks to the kind guidance of the National Botanical Conservatory of Corsica, we are undertaking a process of revegetation and restoration of the disturbed environments in order to fight as best we can against this retreat of the coastline.

Faced with the invasion of the site by exogenous invasive species, this action is developing along two lines:

  • eradicating these invasive species
  • recreate an adapted plant cover to try to restore the dune environments as well as possible and thus try to reduce (as far as possible) the effects of erosion.

 

If you wish to participate in our action, you will find here useful techniques and a presentation of the species present on the site (invasive species on the one hand and on the other hand those likely to be used in the context of the revegetation of the sectors located on top of the riprap).

Invasive species

Witch's claws are crawling succulent plants. Introduced to the Mediterranean coast for the beauty of their flowers and their resistance, they have adapted so well that they now represent a threat to biodiversity and fragile ecosystems.

Crawling, they form stems that can be more than 3 metres long where fleshy, water-soaked, triangular-section leaves bloom. The atypical shape of these 5 to 10 cm long leaves can resemble that of a large claw, hence the plant's common name. The flowering period, from April to May, is magnificent, with the same plant often forming a 'carpet of flowers' that blooms during the day and closes at night. Depending on the genus, the colour varies from purple to white. The flowers then give way to seed-filled fruits.

Practically indestructible, the witches' claws resist perfectly to drought, very high heat and sea spray. They grow in the most stony soil, practically without soil. Although they are particularly well suited to the rapid covering of slopes with little vegetation, their root network remains limited, so they are not particularly suited to unstable soils.

Spreading rapidly in natural environments thanks to animals (birds, rats, etc.), witches' claws often impose themselves on native species, becoming invasive. Our first action is the defence of certain sectors with the uprooting of Carpobrotus in zones when the adapted species are already established there, which will allow them to multiply spontaneously

Adapted species

Our second action consists in encouraging the multiplication of species adapted to the dune environment. Two techniques can be used, depending on the species: either sowing or cutting.

Direct sowing of species harvested on site:

The seeds will be harvested during the summer and stored in a dry and cool place until the time of sowing in autumn.

Species concerned : Lotier (Lotus cytysoides), Sand daisy (Anthemis maritima), Crucianella (Crucianella maritima), as well as all species present on the foredune from which seeds can easily be collected.

Cutting :

A cutting corresponds to a piece of plant which has been detached from a mother plant and then replanted in a suitable environment. It can then give birth to a new plant thanks to the appearance of roots or aerial organs. This is called vegetative propagation. Cuttings have the ability to develop rapidly, providing effective soil cover in terms of protection against erosion. Cuttings will also be taken in the autumn.

Species concerned : Sea alfalfa (Medicago marina), Prickly Sporobolus (Sporobolus pungens), Beach Elymus (Elytrigia juncea), Sea Diotis (Achillea maritima).

These different actions will enable us to reintroduce native species, adapted to the environment, and thus gradually replace the witch's claws.

For the back dune, we will favour trees and shrubs such as: Phoenician Juniper (Juniperus phoenicea), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis).

In areas that are very eroded, it will also be possible to recover and transplant the fallen plants that are destined to disappear; the best time to do this is in autumn, after the first rains. You will have understood it, the Corsican nature campsite will enable you to discover the most beautiful natural sites of Haute-Corse, in particular the Lavezzi islands, the seaside resort of Porto Vecchio, Ile Rousse, the paradisiacal beaches of Santa Giulia and Roccapina, all from the family campsite located in the heart of a preserved nature.