The Vanil Noir Nature Reserve
The Vanil Noir area is one of pre-Alpine landscapes of special beauty that shelter a great variety of flora and fauna. It is listed in the inventory of natural sites and monuments of national importance.
The Council of State bestowed on the Vanil Noir the status of reserve in 1983. The exceptional flora of Morteys Valley in particular is the principal reason for the site being classified.
The following botanical specimens can be seen there : Bristling betony, the Pyramidal orchid (tanayensis variety), and the Lin Alps, as well as the Alpine Scabious and the Tete de Dragon Ruysch. Apart from the Ibex and the Chamois, the observer will have the chance to see the Variable hare, the Partridge (sometimes called Bartavelle or Royal Partridge), the Ptarmigan or Snow partridge and the Bearded.