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The Biological Field Station of Paimpont (Station Biologique de Paimpont, SBP), owned by the University of Rennes and located in the Brocéliande Forest of Brittany (France) has been hosting students, scientific research and field trips during the past 60 years. During the BioBlitz in July 2017, 77 experts accompanied by 120 citizens and 12 European volunteers gathered historical data and implemented an all taxon biodiversity inventory (ATBI) in different habitats of the SBP study area.

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Nicolai A, Norvez O, Guernion M, Supper R (2020): Sbp-BioBlitz2017_60years-BiodiversityData. v1.14. Biological Field Station of Paimpont, University Rennes 1. Dataset/Occurrence. http://ipt.gbif.fr/resource?r=sbp-bioblitz2017_60years-biodiversitydata&v=1.14


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Occurrence; Observation


Annegret Nicolai
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
UMR 6553 EcoBio, Station Biologique Paimpont, Université Rennes 1
35380 Paimpont
Olivier Norvez
  • Originator
Outreach responsible
Station Biologique Paimpont, Université Rennes 1
35380 Paimpont
Muriel Guernion
  • Originator
Data manager
UMR 6553 EcoBio, Station Biologique Paimpont, Université Rennes 1
35380 Paimpont
Régis Supper
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
Administration of SBP
Station Biologique Paimpont, Université Rennes 1
35380 Paimpont
Joan van Baaren
  • Publisher
UMR 6553 EcoBio, Université Rennes 1
Campus Beaulieu
35000 Rennes

Geographic Coverage

The Biological Field Station of Paimpont (Station Biologique de Paimpont, SBP, https://station-biologique-paimpont.univ-rennes1.fr/) in the Brocéliande Forest in continental Brittany, North-West France (48.00 N, -2.22 W) is surrounded by a study area of 17 ha owned by the University Rennes. The mission of the SBP is to preserve ecological integrity of the area, while providing opportunities for scientific research, student field work, and public education. Located on sedimentary rock (shale and sandstone), the climate is temperate oceanic with local specificities due to the topography (hilly landscape with the highest peak at 258 m) and mixed land-cover. The SBP study area covers a diversity of habitats including ponds and creeks, swamps, cliffs, meadows, moors, shrub thickets, and forest.

Bounding Coordinates South West [47.992, -2.236], North East [48.012, -2.199]

Taxonomic Coverage

Species listed belong to 6 kingdoms (Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Chromista, Protozoa,and Bacteria).

Kingdom Bacteria, Chromista, Protozoa, Fungi, Plantae, Animalia

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1956-06-23 / 2017-11-01

Project Data

The transdisciplinary BioBlitz in 2017 at the Biological Field Station Paimpont (SBP) aimed at increasing the range of taxa observations, observing changes in species composition and landscape, and providing a basis for interdisciplinary research perspectives.We gathered historical data, implemented all taxon biodiversity inventory (ATBI) in different habitats of the SBP study area, measured abiotic factors in the air, water and soil and started a photographical landscape observation

Title Transdisciplinary BioBlitz at the Biological Field Station Paimpont
Identifier SBP-BioBlitz 2017
Funding The BioBlitz was funded by the Biological Field Station Paimpont and the UMR 6553 EcoBio of the Université Rennes 1.
Study Area Description The study area of the SBP is composed of a diverse set of land parcels of different historical use in agriculture and local activity, purchased by the University of Rennes. In former times, today’s prairies were arable land, moor was grazed or regularly thinned, hedges represented firewood resource (i.e. trees were pruned), the pond served for a mill and fishing, pastoralism and hunting was practiced in woodland. Current management of the study area includes rotating horse grazing on meadows and moor, mechanical thinning of creek and pond banks as well as of hedges, and extensive mowing of grassland around the SBP buildings. A trail system across the study area is maintained through mowing, mechanical thinning and installation of board walks. Public access is restricted spatially to the trail around the pond and the area around the buildings of SBP, and temporally to public outreach events, such as the Science Festival, Open House and citizen science events, such as the BioBlitz.
Design Description Prior to the BioBlitz, in June/July 2017, the habitat zones were characterized, delimited and mapped. During the BioBlitz 2017 terrestrial sampling was performed in 42 different sites, aquatic sampling was performed in 4 different sites during 24 h. Occurrences were recorded as presence/absence data for each zone.

The personnel involved in the project:

Muriel Guernion
  • Processor
Régis Supper
  • Publisher

Sampling Methods

Standardized citizen science protocols or classical research methods were used for sampling.

Study Extent The BioBlitz took place during 24h, but historical data results from field courses of up to one week. All occurrences listed were observed on the land property of the Biological Field Station Paimpont.
Quality Control All occurrence data were obtained or verified by experts.

Method step description:

  1. After sampling in the field, sorting and identification was done in the lab during the following days.

Collection Data

Collection Name REN-MAS
Collection Name Hétérocères (SBP)
Specimen preservation methods Dried and pressed,  Pinned

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Debroise C. (1977) Recherches écologiques sur les Lépidoptères Hétérocères de la lande. Etude de la dynamique de population de Lycophotia porphyrea (Lep. Noctuidae. PhD thesis, University Rennes
  2. Le Garff B. (1984) L'APPAREIL MALPHIGIEN DES LÉPIDOPTÈRES: Anatomie comparée, évolution au cours de la métamorphose, ultrastructure et fonctionnement. Étude expérimentale de son développement chez Galleria mellonella L. PhD thesis, University Rennes
  4. Massé L. (1962) Recherches phytosociologiques et écologiques sur les Lichens de schistes rouges cambriens des environs de Rennes. Les progrès récents dans le chimisme des Lichens. PhD thesis, University Rennes
  5. Massé L. (1963) Lichens nouveaux ou intéressants pour le Massif Armoricain II. Bull. Soc. Sci. Bret., XXXVIII, 49-60
  6. Touffet J. (1963) Quelques Sphaignes intéressantes pour la région de Paimpont (Ille-et-Vilaine). Bull. Soc. Sci. Bret., XXXVIII, 61-64
  7. Massé L. (1960) Lichens nouveaux ou intéressants pour le Massif Armoricain. Bull. Soc. Sci. Bret., XXXV, 259-266
  8. Comité de pilotage du site Natura 2000 ''Forêt de Paimpont''. (2006) Document d'objectifs- Forêt de Paimpont - Tome 1 - rapport de synthèse sur l'état des lieux
  9. Esnault J. & Monnat J-Y. (2016) Index de la collection de lichens de L-J.C. Massé REN-MAS (FRANCE). DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.35667.58402
  10. Touffet J. (1969) Les Sphaignes du massif armoricain. Recherches phytogeographiques et ecologiques. Vol. II. Thèse, Faculté des Sciences de Rennes, France

Additional Metadata

The first version of this dataset will be accompanied by a data paper.

Purpose Since 1956 researchers focused on some taxonomic groups, such as butterflies and birds. Most previous surveys produced species or taxa checklists for the SBP in particular habitats; some abiotic parameters are available, especially climatic data provided by the meteorological station installed in 1967. The objective of this study is (i) to increase the range of taxa observations from the last 60 years in the study area of the SBP, (ii) to provide a basis for analyzing spatio-temporal changes in biodiversity and landscape in the SBP study area as a temperate model socio-ecosystems from Brittany, (iii) to launch future transdisciplinary research perspectives in the SBP study area, and (iv) to increase awareness and valuation of biodiversity for the public.
Maintenance Description Historical data may become available over time and will be included in the dataset.
Alternative Identifiers 4dcfa4f3-7ebe-47d6-bd93-a85315c9f180