Published on 29 November 2017
The 2015 symposium involved over 150 participants from all over France. They were able to attend 26 oral presentations, a workshop on national action plans, photo exhibitions (SPIPOLL, GIMP…) and the presentation of some twenty posters. The great diversity of the attendees (wilderness conservatories, Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Office pour les Insectes et leur Environnement, regional and national parks, nature reserves, research laboratories, local administration bodies, independent naturalists, etc.) reflects the rising concern for invertebrates in the management of wilderness areas. Discussions highlighted the existence of gaps in the knowledge on most groups, but also exposed the increasing quality of the studies currently under way in France, as well as the need to pursue in-the-field research and experiments.
The symposium ended with two excursions, one on the dry grasslands of the Quercy, of Lot and another in Grésigne forest, during which several iconic species were observed, such as the Marsh fritillary and the Violet click-beetle, which have been integrated into the management of these nature areas.
Publishing the acts of this symposium is a way to keep the impetus alive. This volume includes 23 papers corresponding to oral presentations and 11 short communications summarizing some of the posters.
GOUIX N. & MARC D. (coord.) 2017. — Les Invertébrés dans la conservation et la gestion des espaces naturels : Actes du colloque de Toulouse du 13 au 16 mai 2015. Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris, 216p. (Patrimoines naturels ; 76).