Sensitive natural space of the Tournemire amphytheatre
Sensitive natural space of the Tournemire amphytheatre

Sensitive natural space of the Tournemire amphytheatre

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Travel along this hiking path and explore what was once the habitat of a formidable predator
Here is the borderline between the Causses foothills and the Larzac Causse where you walk alongside towering cliffs lining the amphitheatre, through limestone screes and “terres noires” (black soils). This mineral landscape provides an ideal nesting and feeding habitat for numerous species of birds.


  1. From the carpark and the Plesiosaur House which are situated opposite the Town Hall, take the righthand road lined with plane trees for 400 m. At the crossroads, turn to the left onto a small road for 500 m.
  2. Leave the road to your left and follow the path sloping gently towards the gite “la maison de la vigne”.
  3. Once you have reached the gite, take the descending path and ford the Brias brook (in case of heavy rainfall be careful and turn back).
  4. Keep walking on the path and reach the hunting lodge which is situated at the corner of the former stadium.
  5. Take the road for 300 m to walk back down to point 2 and return to the carpark by the route taken when you started the circuit.
Departure : next to the Town Hall, in front of the Plesiosaur House
Arrival : next to the Town Hall, in front of the Plesiosaur House
Towns crossed : Tournemire

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Box tree moths are active from May to October. During the caterpillar phase, they feed on the leaves of box trees. They crawl down trees and move on long silken threads, although these threads are annoying when hiking they do not pose any health risk

Is in the midst of the park
This itinerary is located in the World Heritage zone Causses and Cévennes, mediterranean agropastoral cultural landscape.

Information desks

Avenue de Lauras, 12250 Roquefort/Soulzon


Situated in the Grands Causses Regional Natural Park, the cheese village of Roquefort stretches on the hillside over the famous scree of the Combalou Rock, in southern Larzac. The village is at an elevation of 630 m and has 700 inhabitants.


The Tourist Office is open all year round:

  • In July and August, Monday to Saturday: 9.30 to 18.30, Sunday: 10.00 to 17.00.
  • April, May, June, September, October; Monday to Saturday: 9.30 to 12.15 & 13.00 to 17.30, closed on Sunday.
  • January, February, November, December; Monday to Friday: 9.30 to 12.15 & 13.00 to 17.00, closed on Saturday and Sunday.
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Access and parking

From Roquefort sur Soulzon follow the D 23 road towards Tournemire

Parking :

the carpark is situated next to the Town Hall, in front of the Plesiosaur House

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Communauté de communes du St-Affricain

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What to see

At its entrance, is a 180 million-year-old complete skeleton of an extinct marine dinosaur, the Occitanosaurus tournemirensis which was discovered fossilized in the “grey clay soils.”

The ecologically Sensitive Natural Space (SNS) of the Tournemire amphitheatre which is situated in the village of the same name, stretches over an area of approximately 130 ha and marks the boundary between the frontal causses and the causse du Larzac. This area has a remarkable environmental importance due to the geomorphology of the site and also owing to several natural habitats of European interest that it provides. This natural space shelters numerous noteworthy bird species: the Eagle Owl, the Golden Eagle, the Common Whitethroat, the Wallcreeper, the Red-billed Chough and some inconspicuous bats. A few plant species well-adapted to the topography, the rock and even sometimes to the Mediterranean climate can be observed: Hoppe's Figwort, Hormathophylla macrocarpa...

The House of Plesiosaur displays the skeleton of the marine reptile (it's a copy, the original is at Millau's museum) along with interpretative panels about the geology, Plesiosaur, flora, birds and bats. It is also the starting point of the Tournemire amphitheatre hiking circuit that enables you to immerse yourself in a unique environment and of the point of departure for the amphitheatre interpretive trail.

"Espace Nature Aveyron" is a mobile application which allows to discover the whole range of animal and plant species living in this ecosystem and to enjoy the SNS stroll.

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