Close to the rivers called Ellé and Aër, the Plouray forest is located within the place known as "Le Golo", in the Morbihan region of Brittany. This region get its name from the Gulf of Morbihan, which means "little sea" in Breton.
Perched at an altitude of 260 metres, this forest is home to significant biodiversity, and is part of the type 2 ZNIEFF. The ZNIEFF is the French acronym designating natural zones of ecological, fauna and flora interest. Type 2 includes largely unspoilt natural spaces with significant biological potential. This natural area is home to 2 of the 37 plant species of very high heritage interest in Brittany, fish species of European interest (Atlantic salmon, European bullfish), a large number of European otters across the bay, as well as numerous wetlands (bogs, heathland), etc. The entire forest is located on the granite massif of Rostrenen, and benefits from a good amount of rainfall (over 800 mm/year).
At the confluence of Plouray, Langonnet, Saint-Tugdual, Priziac and Le Croisty stands the forest of Kerautret (Plouray). Young spruce seedlings from Sitka, accompanied by Douglas, Fir, Thuja and Birch, have just appeared there and are now brightening up in this living space. Etymologically, the name Kerautret could be translated as "village of the so-called Autret", originally meaning "useful friend." What could be more useful than a forest? Come and breathe in the chlorophyll and iodine; this forest is your ally.
PEFC Certification : : Yes
Adoption of management documents : Nov 23, 2017
Management turnaround : May 2, 2016
Forests : Temporarily closed to the public, the reopening is scheduled on 01/04