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Portrait: Martin Daviot, technician guard of a regional nature reserve
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Who ? My name is Martin Daviot and I am a technician guard of the regional nature reserve of Lac d'Aiguebelette, Savoie (south-east of France). The goal of a nature reserve or a national park is to protect important biodiversity that lives within the area. Why? I have a bachelor degree in information and communication, but at the end of this degree I realized I wanted to have a job in which I could have daily contact with nature. I decided to get on a new degree in environmental management and protection: a training that provides the basics of technical knowledge, such as the protocols to be implemented to monitor flora and fauna. Then, I took a state competitive exam to become a technical agent for the reserves. What is your daily life? The three missions of a technician guard are: to know, to manage and to supervise. Our days are very varied. For example, this morning I did flora monitoring (the reserve has more than 1,000 animal species and more than 1,500 plant species). Then I picked up the camera traps that identify lynxes. This is the work of knowledge. We intervene a lot in the schools of the region to transmit this knowledge. In this job, there is also a management component, which means maintenance or restoration of areas that have been degraded in the past. Finally, we are environmental police officers so we have to supervise and have the ability to condemn. What is your favourite animal on the reserve? Lynx. The lynx is one of the last major predators to exist in France, along with the wolf and the bear. It is an iconic animal, carnivorous, discreet, it is a feline. We have the proven presence of three individuals in the reserve as well as on the Massif de l'Epine. This year, a female gave birth to three cubs. This is very good news because it had been twenty years since we had any reproduction data here. What threats weigh on Lac d'Aiguebelette? There is an over-attendance which is accompanied by the development of many activities (trails, hunting, fishing, climbing, etc.) Activities that can disturb the nesting sites of large raptors. Man is constantly present. Photo credit: Monica Dalmasso
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