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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 JuneCerdagneMarché, Puigcerda9am – 1pm
CerdagneBellver, Cerdanya4pm onwards
5th JuneCapcirPlace du village, Matemal5.30 pm – 10m
6th JuneCapcirPlace du village, Matemal9am – 4pm
CapcirPlace du Castell, Les Angles5.30pm – 10pm
7th JuneCapcir-ConflentPlace du Village, Formiguères10.30am – 3.30pm
Capcir-ConflentCinéma Le Lido, Prades5.30pm – 10pm
 8th JuneConflentHQ parc naturel régional des Pyrénées catalanes, Olette9am – 5pm
ConflentPlace du Génie, Villefranche de Conflent6pm – 9pm
9th JuneCerdagneEspace Vert (Halle des Sports) Bourg-Madame9am – 5pm
CerdagnePlace Saint Paul, Osseja6pm – 10pm
10th JuneCerdagnePlace Saint Génis, Err10.30am – 1pm
CerdagneParking Salle François Ester, Saillagouse2pm – 5pm
CerdagneMaison de la Vallé d’Eyne, Eyne6pm – 10pm

Find out more here


4th June 2017
11th June 2017
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