Participate to the excursion on Wednesday to enjoy a visit of the famous Mont-Saint-Michel and its wonderfull bay, as well as a field excursion around the Mont to meet the carabid residents !
Visit the Mont-Saint-Michel
" Whether seen from afar or up-close, the Mont-Saint-Michel is a wonder. A mirage. Its reflection in the bay (of the same name) doubles the illusion. The Mont-Saint-Michel looms dramatically on the horizon, defying the highest tides in Europe. The rocky island topped by an 11th-century Benedictine abbey appears majestic on a clear day and mystifying through the fog." read more
Registered a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, the Mount is one of France’s most visited historical places. 2.5 million tourists from around the world travel to the rocky outcrop every year: sightseers eager to discover the mythical town, and pilgrims on a spiritual journey.
Visit the carabid residents
Field excursion will take place in salt marshes, and possibly in the surrounding polders. All together, intertidal habitats cover more than in the Mont St Michel Bay, with 44km² for salt marshes only, one of the largest value in the world. Salt marshes and polders have been studied for decades by scientists of Rennes, and long-term studies revealed the importance of hedgerows in the mobility of polder populations. Salt-marsh assemblages were proved to be sensitive to regular flooding and to management (grazing and cutting). Specialist, halophilic, species likely to be seen include some Bembidion (e.g. minimum and normanum), Dicheirotrichus (gustavii and obsoletus) and some Pogonus species (mainly chalceus and littoralis).