The Park has created a vulnerability map indicating the location of protected areas and the habitats of vulnerable species. This information resource helps the Park and its partners (tourism offices, mountain guides) to organise their activities so that they respect and do not disturb the local wildlife.


Vulnerable species 

Sometimes, outdoor activities in the Park involve passing through protected areas which contain the habitats of animals that are vulnerable to human disturbance. They may feel threatened by our presence which can cause them to abandon their young, leaving them exposed to predators. In addition, they expend valuable energy every time they flee their habitat, which in the winter season may lead to exhaustion and even death. The Park therefore created a vulnerability map to ensure that activities do not disturb habitats and the vulnerable wildlife that live there.

 

Protected areas 

Certain outdoor activities require an official permit or are subject to legal restrictions. The Park has identified the regulations and areas of particular relevance to outdoor activities. They are available from the Park’s website: www.gruyerepaysdenhaut.ch. The Park has also produced detailed, individual fact sheets for the following activities: hiking in the summer and winter (snowshoeing and ski touring), mountain biking, aerial sports (paragliding and hang gliding), and hiking with dogs.

 

Responsible conduct towards the natural environment and agriculture

Visitors are strongly advised to act responsibly when in the Park by following a few basic rules: do not leave any rubbish behind, read the signs, close gates behind you, do not disturb the wildlife, avoid trampling hayfields, grazing land and meadows, and use only designated barbecue areas. 

When hiking during the winter months, take extra care as the wildlife have to contend with particularly harsh conditions: limit yourself to marked and well-frequented routes, avoid the outer edges of the forest and areas with no snow cover. Where possible, avoid moving around at dawn and at dusk, keep dogs on a lead, particularly in the forest. Respect all ‘quiet areas’ and ‘protected areas’. 

 

Fact sheets

Maps of protected areas 

 

Voluntary Charter 

All of the tourist offices and eight mountain guides operating in the Park have signed up to a Voluntary Charter. In doing so, they have declared their commitment to preserving the Park’s valuable resources: its beautiful natural landscape, its flora and fauna, which include several rare species.

Tourist offices provide visitors with fact sheets detailing the range of activities on offer in the Park, e.g. hiking and mountain biking. When designing new activities, the tourist offices consult the Park’s vulnerability map to ensure that the proposed activities will not disturb the local wildlife and their habitats. They will also raise awareness of these issues with their staff and publish this information on the Park’s website. The mountain guides who have signed the Charter pledge to do likewise.

Anyone who would like more information should contact the Park:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Signatories to the Charter

Tourism offices: 

Tourism partners  :

Mountain guides 

  • Corinne Bezençon, +41 (0)79 507 18 34, Souffle Nature   
  • Véronique Borcard-Pury, +41 (0)79 487 82 75, Djoulé Escapade 
  • Caril Capt, +41 (0)79 293 70 22
  • Olivier Clerc, +41 (0)79 926 41 71, La Nature en Randonnée 
  • Stéphane Currat, +41 (0)79 605 51 70, Nature Aventures 
  • Pascale Fesquet, +41 (0)78 606 12 90, Aster Rando
  • Stéphane Genet, +41 (0)79 244 24 93, ExoSport
  • Aline Hayoz-Andrey, +41 (0)78 632 73 72, Montagne Aventure 
  • Dominique Jaton-Devaud, +41 (0)79 707 53 94, Guide Rando
  • Bastien Keckeis, +41 (0)79 635 91 43, La Trace Bleue
  • Laurent Kern, +41 (0)79 469 05 76, Ô Vert
  • Jean-Michel Koehler, +41 (0)79 219 67 66
  • Gallianne Monnin, +41 (0)76 529 01 84, Randolibre
  • Pascal Monteleone, +41 (0)79 669 95 63, Plaisi'Rando 
  • Joëlle Mottier, +41 (0)79 386 91 52
  • Marc Mouthon, +41 (0)77 451 8070, Alp'Mamouth
  • Daniel Perler, +41 (0)79 365 63 06, Azimutdreams
  • Michel Perreten, +41 (0)79 372 19 20, Guides Nature
  • Jean-Marc Pfefferlé, +41 (0)79 210 41 88, Rando Fitness
  • Patrizia Piccinali, +41 (0)79 950 94 56 
  • Matthew Richards, +41 (0)79 412 90 63, Walkandtalk 
  • Rachel Rumo, +41 (0)79 467 75 18, Attitude Oxygen 
  • Juliane Torrent, +41 (0)76 561 47 13, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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