Sunset view sabot de malepeyreView of the Vallon de l'Urugne from the Sabot de Malepeyre.
©View of the Vallon de l'Urugne from the Sabot de Malepeyre.

Le Vallon de l'Urugne

Discover the Vallon de l’Urugne site in Lozère. This Natura 2000 site covers an area of 578 ha between the Causse de Sauveterre and the Aubrac, close to the Lot valley. It covers the territory of four communes: Banassac-Canilhac, La Canourgue, La Tieule and Saint-Saturnin de Tartaronne. It is one of the greenest and most fertile areas of the Lozère department.

All about

Le Vallon de l'Urugne

Once in La Canourgue or Banassac, discover the Vallon de l’Urugne. On the heights of the Vallon de l’Urugne, stands an astonishing 30-meter-high limestone rock, sculpted over time by erosion: the Sabot de Malepeyre. It’s a real geological curiosity. This rock, a listed natural site, takes the strange shape of a hoof, from which it takes its name.

This unmissable natural site is also a nesting ground for rock birds (peregrine falcons, great horned owls, red-billed choughs…).

Environmental issues

On this Natura 2000 site, the vast majority of natural environments are either recognized as habitats of community interest, or have characteristics favorable to chiropterans.

The main issues are
preserving the bocage environment: the hedgerows are a preferred transit route and hunting ground for the Greater and LesserRhinolophus bats present in the Vallon de l’Urugne.
– the preservation of the mosaic of open and semi-open spaces required to maintain species habitats. These farmland and bocage environments can be fundamental to the biology and environmental requirements of bats;
– the preservation of wild orchid lawns of Community interest, which involves, among other things, controlling overgrowth.
maintaining the oligotrophy of calcareous Orchid lawns is another important issue.

All these issues also contribute to the landscape and environmental quality of the area.

Species and habitats

Du Vallon de l'Urugne

In brief, the Vallon de l’Urugne is :

  • 11 habitats and 10 species of community interest
  • 15 orchid species, including one endemic to the Causses (Ophrys d’Aymonin)
  • A colony of 108 Great Rhinolophs in 2023
  • A petrifying spring with around thirty species of bryophytes (mosses)
How to access

Vallon de l'Urugne

in the Lot Valley?

From the D998 towards La Canourgue or Banassac.