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Caravane du Desman

4th June 2017 - 11th June 2017

caravane du desman

Caravane du Desman

Pyrenean Desman

The Pyrenean desman (Galemys pyrenaicus) is a small, nocturnal, semi-aquatic mammal related to moles and shrews. Also known as the trumpet rat, they have a long sensitive nose, which they stick into mud or crevices in search of prey. Once prolific in the region, it is now a threatened species; one of only two surviving descendants of the Desmanini tribe. Falling victim to habitat loss and destruction, it is almost extinct in the more southern areas of its range.

In a bid to halt and reverse the damage caused to this unique (and frankly adorable!) creature, a collaboration of local environment agencies and associations have come together to organise the Caravane du Desman. This mobile information and activity centre aims to raise awareness of not just the desmans, but of all the species within the waterways and lakes in the Massif Pyrénéen.

Travelling across the parc naturel régional des Pyrénées catalanes between the 4th and the 11th June, the caravane will host games, activites, guided walks, theme nights, shows and exhibitions in each of the towns in which it stops.


4th June Cerdagne Marché, Puigcerda 9am – 1pm
Cerdagne Bellver, Cerdanya 4pm onwards
5th June Capcir Place du village, Matemal 5.30 pm – 10m
6th June Capcir Place du village, Matemal 9am – 4pm
Capcir Place du Castell, Les Angles 5.30pm – 10pm
7th June Capcir-Conflent Place du Village, Formiguères 10.30am – 3.30pm
Capcir-Conflent Cinéma Le Lido, Prades 5.30pm – 10pm
 8th June Conflent HQ parc naturel régional des Pyrénées catalanes, Olette 9am – 5pm
Conflent Place du Génie, Villefranche de Conflent 6pm – 9pm
9th June Cerdagne Espace Vert (Halle des Sports) Bourg-Madame 9am – 5pm
Cerdagne Place Saint Paul, Osseja 6pm – 10pm
10th June Cerdagne Place Saint Génis, Err 10.30am – 1pm
Cerdagne Parking Salle François Ester, Saillagouse 2pm – 5pm
Cerdagne Maison de la Vallé d’Eyne, Eyne 6pm – 10pm

Find out more here


4th June 2017
11th June 2017
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