Climb up the hill behind Pernand-Vergelesses, go past the road leading to the Oratoire of Notre Dame and carry on walking uphill, through the woods. You will come to a wide open space surrounded by trees. This space used to be pasture for goats and horses. It has never been planted with vines, so we believe. It is a vast zone which was included, as a Special Protection Zone, within the Natura 2000 system, thanks to the richness of its landscape, plants, insects, birds and animals.
There are several rare plants which grow on this limestone plateau including one protected species called Aster Linosyris, which is on France’s red list of protected plants. Amongst rare birds which either visit or nest here are the nightjar (engoulevant d’Europe), the Lulu lark (Alouette Lulu) and the Eurasian wryneck (Torcol Fourmilier).