Nice is the second largest city in the Provence-Alpes-Côte region by its number of inhabitants, but despite a marked urban context, the city has been able to preserve several natural sites. This spring, Nice has inaugurated a new discovery map titled ‘Les oiseaux de Nice’, which displays the locations of about 343 bird species that can be found in the city.
The project began in 2014, during the 6th edition of the Trophées de l’environment organised by Nice, a jury awarded 3,000€ to the Foundation for Protecting Birds in PACA - Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux de PACA – to fund the map.
On one side it presents 59 species ranging from pigeons to turtledoves and sparrows. On the other side, the map indicates five key locations: the Var river, Mont Boron, the Parc de Estienne d’Orves, Mont Vinaigrier and the gardens of the Arenas of Cimiez. Bordered by the Baie des Anges, sat between the Var river to the west and Mount Boron to the east, Nice’s five sites constitute safe havens for Mediterranean fauna and allow Nice to host hundreds of species of birds who nest and winter in - or migrate - through the region.
“It is a way for tourists, but also for the people of Nice, to rediscover the region,” said Allain Bougrain-Dubourg, president of the LPO, during the inauguration ceremony.
The map also serves as a tracking record of the number of birds for each identified species.
Nice will distribute 4,000 copies of the map in the Maison de l’Environment in Nice, the town hall of Nice, other nearby town halls, and some 160 local schools in the region.
To see the map online: nice.fr & paca.lpo.fr