Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines awarded birdlife sanctuary certification
France’s Ligue de Protection des Oiseaux (LPO) society for the protection of birdlife, awards special certification to companies embarking on an environmentally responsible policy aimed at the development of wild fauna and flora. The natural areas of sanctuaries must not undergo any chemical treatment. The campus at Saint-Quentin near Versailles was recently audited by LPO experts at the request of the Sustainable Development department and Crédit Agricole Immobilier; they identified 129 plant species and 29 species of birds, two-thirds of them protected. Among others, the naturalists observed the presence in the park of European common frogs (Rana temporaria) and foxes.
The upkeep of green spaces without the use of weed-killers and the diversity of wild life present on the Saint-Quentin site earned it recognition as an LPO bird sanctuary. Signs highlighting that recognition and presenting the species present to on-site staff will be put up this autumn. An audit of the Evergreen campus in Montrouge near Paris will also be carried out by the LPO in spring 2013.