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The Commons. Marais Communaux

The Ancient 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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