You can find this interview in Letter N°5 sent to the members of the Friends of the Tour du Valat.
Christian Chéné joined the Friends Association in early 2017. As an active retiree, he loves travelling and editing videos. He has naturally created his association Objets et Images which aims at intervening in associations and schools, for projections of videos or slideshows with debates on nature and travel.
When did you first visit Tour du Valat and what was the occasion?
It was over twenty years ago for an open house.
What was your first impression?
The surprise of discovering an important group of scientists working on the protection of wetlands, isolated in Camargue.
A pleasant welcome with smiling people looking “comfortable in their own skin”!
What is your best memory at Tour du Valat?
The discovery of the Saint Seren marshes.
What was your best encounter at the Tour du Valat?
There were several great encounters but the one that struck me the most was that of Alan Johnson with whom I felt immediately at ease. Because of his simplicity and the need he had to communicate his knowledge and his passion for birds.
What emblematic species of Camargue do you prefer?
I love the white stilt that I find of remarkable elegance and I appreciate the way it has to protect her chicks by acting as a wounded bird to ward off danger.
Why did you join the Friends of Tour du Valat Association?
Out of interest for the preservation of nature that is essential for future generations and in this association I can find people who share the same concerns as me.
Do you have any advice or messages to pass on to future generations who will come spend some time at Tour du Valat?
I do not have any particular advice to give them because those who want to spend some time at Tour du Valat are people necessarily in love with nature.