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Research to learn more about the reserve’s habitats and species

Protection can only be concrete and effective if there is a thorough knowledge of the habitats, species and complex functioning of ecosystems. This knowledge is acquired through study and monitoring. The results of this work will lead to a better adapted management.

Click on the image to see examples of studies (in french for the moment)

National Natural Reserves are also experimental sites.

In the same way, Chérine participates in innovative research; thus, in 2007, cores were made in the willow peat, intended to collect fossilized pollen, for a more accurate understanding of local history.


The Reserve also carries out censuses aimed particularly at species and habitats of high conservation concern, towards which its management is oriented. Apart from the basic monitoring of flora and fauna, much less well known groups such as lichens, algae, bacteria... have been censused.

Chérine uses several tools to synthesize and exploit collected data: Séréna, database software created by the Natural Reserves of France and Obs'indre, collaborative tool for collecting departmental observations developed by Indre Nature. These tools will ultimately:

- consolidate all observations made and protocols established at the site since the creation of the reserve in 1985,

- contribute to and help share this information, particularly with the “Natural Reserves of France”, as well as with the “National Institut for the Protection of Nature”, under the supervision of the National Natural History Museum of France.