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Parcours de Saignelégier
Parcours de Saignelégier
Route 465, Saignelégier–Saignelégier
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Cycling in the surroundings

Basel–Franches-Montagnes
Basel–Franches-Montagnes
Stage 2, Delémont–Tramelan
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Arc jurassien
Arc jurassien
Stage 2, Le Locle–Tramelan
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Jura Route
Jura Route
Stage 3, Saignelégier–La Chaux-de-Fonds
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Jura Route
Jura Route
Stage 2, Courgenay (Courtemautruy)–Saignelégier
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Biking in the surroundings

Jura Bike
La Courtine Bike
Franches-Montagnes Tour
Saignelégier
Lake Etang de la Gruère

Lake Etang de la Gruère

The popular excursion destination of Lake Etang de la Gruère is a mire lake near Saignelégier. It provides habitats for numerous animal and plant species in a region otherwise low on water courses. The lake is surrounded by the characteristic wooded pastures (Wytweiden) of the Franches Mountains.
Lake Etang de la Gruère in the Franches Mountains (Franches-Montagnes; French: "Free Mountains”) is a popular excursion destination. Geologically, the idyllic mire lake is located in a compact marl-lined basin. This is unique in the mainly water-permeable high lime plateau of the Franches Mountains.

Due to its location on a raised mire, the lake’s water is brown in colour. It offers a rare habitat to animal species which depend on open water, including, in particular, dragonflies and some butterfly and beetle species.

The Lake is surrounded by the characteristic wooded pastures (Wytweiden) of the Franches Mountains. These are mosaic-style formations of pastures and tree groups. The wooded pastures are used in both the grazing of animals and production of wood. The species-rich and ecologically valuable wooded pastures are under threat from the abandonment of traditional pasture use; when not used for grazing, the forest increasingly encroaches on the pastureland.
The popular excursion destination of Lake Etang de la Gruère is a mire lake near Saignelégier. It provides habitats for numerous animal and plant species in a region otherwise low on water courses. The lake is surrounded by the characteristic wooded pastures (Wytweiden) of the Franches Mountains.
Lake Etang de la Gruère in the Franches Mountains (Franches-Montagnes; French: "Free Mountains”) is a popular excursion destination. Geologically, the idyllic mire lake is located in a compact marl-lined basin. This is unique in the mainly water-permeable high lime plateau of the Franches Mountains.

Due to its location on a raised mire, the lake’s water is brown in colour. It offers a rare habitat to animal species which depend on open water, including, in particular, dragonflies and some butterfly and beetle species.

The Lake is surrounded by the characteristic wooded pastures (Wytweiden) of the Franches Mountains. These are mosaic-style formations of pastures and tree groups. The wooded pastures are used in both the grazing of animals and production of wood. The species-rich and ecologically valuable wooded pastures are under threat from the abandonment of traditional pasture use; when not used for grazing, the forest increasingly encroaches on the pastureland.

Lake Etang de la Gruère

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Bundesamt für Umwelt
Bundesinventar der Landschaften
und Naturdenkmäler von nationaler Bedeutung (BLN)
BLN-Objekt-Nr. 1008
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bln@bafu.admin.ch
www.bafu.admin.ch/bln

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Places

Goumois
Goumois
Saignelégier
Saignelégier
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Centre de Loisirs des Franches-Montagnes
Centre de Loisirs des Franches-Montagnes
Saignelégier
Ferme de Belfond
Ferme de Belfond
Goumois
Gîte Chez Toinette
Gîte Chez Toinette
Saignelégier
Hôtel Cristal
Hôtel Cristal
Saignelégier
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Hiking in the surroundings

Parcours de Saignelégier
Parcours de Saignelégier
Route 465, Saignelégier–Saignelégier
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Cycling in the surroundings

Basel–Franches-Montagnes
Basel–Franches-Montagnes
Stage 2, Delémont–Tramelan
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Arc jurassien
Arc jurassien
Stage 2, Le Locle–Tramelan
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Jura Route
Jura Route
Stage 3, Saignelégier–La Chaux-de-Fonds
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Jura Route
Jura Route
Stage 2, Courgenay (Courtemautruy)–Saignelégier
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Biking in the surroundings

Jura Bike
La Courtine Bike
Franches-Montagnes Tour