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The Natural Heritage

The area

Located in the area of the Coteaux du Lyonnais, the administrative community of towns and villages called “Communauté de Communes de la Vallée du Garon”, is bordered to the East by the alluvial plain of the Rhone and, to the West, by the Lyonnais hills. It is located just near the urban community of Lyon and serves as a green lung for the city. It offers diverse preserved vistas which you may discover along its hiking, off-road cycling, and horse-back riding trails, all the while treating nature and the environment respectfully.

The Natural Heritage
The Garon river
The Garon links the five villages : Chaponost, Brignais, Vourles, Millery and Montagny. Its source lies in the Combe of Malval (Yzeron). The river travels 25 kilometers before throwing itself into the waters of the Rhone in Givors

Preserved vistas
Within this administrative community, three sites are listed as Sensitive Natural Zones by the Rhone Department thanks to their rich natural heritage, specifically in regard to the characteristics of the countryside, their fauna and flora.

The Moors and Prairies of the Montagny plateau
(Chassagny, Montagny, Saint-Andéol, Saint-Laurent d’Agny and Taluyers): A part of this Sensitive Natural Zone (210 ha), an extremely naturally rich area, has benefitted from by-law biotope protection since 1993 in order to preserve its ecological diversity. It is a favorable space of life, rest and reproduction for many animal and plant species, notably birds.

“La Vallée en Barret”:
This valley extends over 720 hectares and five towns : Brignais, Chaponost, Soucieu-en-Jarrest, Messimy and Brindas. It is of great interest in terms of fauna, flora and architecture (a roman aqueduct). It is characterized by a mosaic of varied landscapes : orchards on the plateau which overlooks the valley, woods, humid prairies and pastures on the slopes and at the bottom of the valley. The Good Conduct Charter for the areas visitors, signed in February 2009, is available at the Tourist Office.

Islands and Inlets of the Rhone : This remarkable natural site of islands and dried-out river inlets (lônes) extending over 400 hectares has been rehabilitated and is composed of unusual natural habitats harboring rare species that live in humid areas. Thematic trails will enable you to discover this wilderness area featuring dense alluvial vegetation. Access to the island is provided by the bridge in Vernaison.

Agricultural Landscapes

The Natural Heritage
The Vineyards The “Coteaux du Lyonnais” wines have been listed as AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée is the official French controlled designation of origin label) since 1984. In Millery, the soil derives from glacier moraines and has a covering surface of rolled stones.
The Gamay grape variety for red and rosé wines and Chardonnay grapes for white wines make the wines fruity, full-bodied and robust. More information is available on the following website:

The Orchards : After a phylloxera epidemic that destroyed the vines at the end of the nineteenth century, some farmers began producing fruits and vegetables. Throughout the year, you may enjoy the unique flavors of the locally-grown seasonal fruit and vegetables.