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LPO Refuge accreditation from the French Society for the Protection of Birds
Villandry: the first castle to obtain the accreditation “LPO Refuge”

As part of their biodiversity policy, the Château de Villandry contacted the Touraine region delegation of the French Society for the Protection of Birds (LPO) to have the site listed as an LPO refuge.

In 2012, a weighted abundance index study was carried out to draw up an inventory of species present on the site. Nearly 90 species of birds were counted in the 25 hectares of the site, comprising 16 hectares of walled areas, 9 of which are forest and 6 garden, and 9 hectares of meadowland along the River Cher.

The following are just some of the species that have been seen at Villandry:
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, Tree Pipit, Marsh Tit, Sand Martin, Eurasian Stone Curlew, Cattle Egret, Redwing, Common Firecrest, Great White Egret, Little Egret, Reed Bunting.

After the conclusive results of this study, the Villandry Gardens were presented with the “LPO Refuge” accreditation in November 2012 by Allain Bougrain-Dubourg, President of the French Society for the Protection of Birds. In 2013, Villandry is continuing its interest in its birds and has commissioned a major photographic documentary throughout the whole season.
Photographers from the association La Cambrousse will be coming throughout the year, equipped with powerful lenses and familiar with the specific close-up techniques required for bird photography, to immortalise the birds at Villandry.
The first of these photographs will be on display in the exhibition “Villandry: a 100% organic garden, haven of biodiversity”, and in June 2014 there will be a major exhibition of all the bird photographs taken at Villandry.