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Brest metropolis: events for the inauguration of the Bodonou natural area

The natural space of Bodonou. ©Brest metropolis.

Straddling the municipalities of Guilers, Plouzane and BrestI’Bodonou natural area (127 hectares) will be inaugurated this weekend of May 14 and 15, 2022. With a varied entertainment program open to everyone on Sunday May 15 to discover the site.

From Saturday 14 is organized a family night walk Between dog and wolf, with Erwan Hemeury, from La Compagnie Choukibenn (it is sold out).

Nature entertainment

On Sunday May 15, around twenty local actors will be gathered all afternoon to welcome the visitors (Free admission).

On the program, stallsfrom exhibitionsbut also nature entertainment : walks, nature explorations, demonstrations of animal traction, cows of local hardy breeds and Landes de Bretagne sheep, plantations of shrubs, demonstrations and introduction to wicker weaving.

The natural space of Bodonou.
The natural space of Bodonou. ©Damien Goret – Brest metropolis.

The whole family can enjoy the wooden games, the giant goose game, the nature quiz, family walks and a puppet show.
To discover the site in an original way, horse-drawn carriage rides will also be offered.

Hiking and cycling

Demonstrations and introductions to Nordic’s walkfrom hikes families, a guided hike of 10 to 12 km, as well as cistic hikes (treasure hunt-type trails) complete the program.

The natural space of Bodonou.
The natural space of Bodonou. ©Brest metropolis.

Two hikes will leave from Guilers (2 p.m. and 3 p.m.) to reach Bodonou.

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Two routes are offered by Bapav (Brest on foot and by bike) to reach the site by bike from Brest (Brest business school and Valy-Hir tram station), two bike-mountain bike routes from Plouzané (6.5 or 12.5 km) and two mountain bike-VTC departures from Guilers.

The natural space of Bodonou?

So what is the natural space of Bodonou? A former industrial site whose ecological redevelopment has been undertaken by Brest Métropole for 25 years.

127 hectares of singular natural environments where atypical atmospheres and landscapes rub shoulders, 40 hectares of bodies of water and ponds, 40 hectares of wet meadows, 40 hectares of woods and thickets, 11 km of waterways, 284 species animals identified to date, 380 plant species, 8 km of paths (walking/hiking).

The natural space of Bodonou.
The natural space of Bodonou. ©Brest metropolis.

Brest Métropole has invested more than 350,000 euros over the past five years to secure the belvedere, a major operation to manage invasive plants, restore natural environments, repair paths, fences and furniture, etc.

Two city officials are also dedicated to the day-to-day maintenance and preservation of the site.

Some sectors are permanently accessible to the public (the northern sector, the western and southern fringes from 2022, then an eastern fringe from 2024), others, such as the heart of the site, are not. Occasional and supervised visits will nevertheless make it possible to discover the whole of this space on the occasion of event days (nature festival, awareness days on biodiversity for schoolchildren and the general public, etc.).

The open northern zone allows direct contact with nature (pools, ponds, bocage, meadows, wetlands, woods, waterways, etc.), facilities have been made there for this purpose (walking circuits, picnic tables, picnics, sunbathing, benches, etc.). The western and southern fringes make it possible to extend the discovery of the natural environments present in this space (gentle paths, landscape perspectives, etc.).

The natural space of Bodonou.
The natural space of Bodonou. ©Damien Goret – Brest metropolis

In 2024, a hiking trail to the east will be opened and facilities will facilitate the discovery of the site: decking in wetlands, footbridges over waterways, observation tower…

Sunday May 15, 2022 from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the natural space of Bodonou. Vehicle parking will be in the car park next to the Bodonou Chapel. Places will be reserved for people with reduced mobility at the northern entrance to the site (municipality of Guilers). Bicycles will be parked at the north entrance to the site (possibility of cycling on the site, respecting pedestrians). A snack with Envie de crêpes will be offered all afternoon. The site will be equipped with dry toilets and a water point (provide your water bottle or cup). Free admission

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