"Raymond Mayné" natural reserve in Torgny
One of the first nature reserves in Belgium, established on a former communal quarry and limestone grasslands.
Stretching along the southern slope of the Bajocian cuesta, on the upper edge of the village, the “Raymond Mayné” reserve, named after a passionate naturalist, was one of the first nature reserves in Belgium.
Composed of an old communal quarry where the inhabitants extracted building stones and of limestone lawns, this superb site enjoys a dry and warm climate, climatic conditions favourable to the development of exceptional flora and fauna.
Various rare plants and unique species can be seen here, such as the only Walloon examples of the spider orchid, the mountain cicada and the praying mantis.
The classification of the reserve as a historical site in 1988 confirms its major importance.
The association Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie (The Most Beautiful Villages of Wallonia) oversees a network of 31 villages, bearers of a strong territorial identity and reflecting traditional architecture. It is committed to promoting the rural, cultural and natural heritage of Wallonia and is a part of the development of local and responsible tourism.