Méjannes-le-Clap is in the North part of the Natura 2000 "Garrigues de Lussan" zone and in the middle of the "Cèze and its Gorges".
What is Natura 2000?
Natura 2000 is a European network of natural sites known to be home to rare and fragile plant varieties and animal species. The purpose of this network is to develop human activities that are favourable to maintining the balance and development of existing species while also making it possible to maintain the local socioeconomic balance.
The area of Méjannes-le-Clap is protected by 2 different directives:
- The "Oiseaux" directive, which protects the percnopterus vulture, the Bonelli eagle, the common kestrel, and a rare type of bustard.
- The"Habitats, faune, flore" directive, which ensures that migratory fish can travel up river without problem and that otters, various species of bats, green oaks and box trees can thrive downriver.This part of the Gorges of the Cèze is important for several aquatic animal species: 3 types of insects, 5 types of fish one of whoch is very rare, and beavers. 3 types of bats can also be found in this area.