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The Commons. Marais Communaux
Salt Marshes of the Marais Poitevin were preserved from developments in
the 13th and 17th centuries and these areas of natural water meadows
varying in size from 100 to 300 hectares can be found all across the
Marais Poitevin. Given to the communes after the Revolution they are
today used as common grazing land.
Today there are 2000 hectares of common grazing land in the Marais
Poitevin and each spring the meadows of Poire sur Velluire along with
the others are opened to livestock farmers. Horses, geese and cattle
prosper and enjoy the rich grazing until autumn.
Each year in spring the commons are opened with a colourful ceremony and attract both locals and visitors.April 16/17th 2011.
Besides being used for summer grazing they are also a very important habitat for the wild flora and fauna.
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