Nature, birds, insects, vagrant plants and others to “occupy” the space around the Eiffel Tower

An important aspect of Gilles Clément, which we entirely share and which inspired us for this project of the French semester, is his respect and care for the small inhabitants that populate all his works.

In addition to his passion for plants, he has a passion for observing small fauna, birds and especially insects, which led him to study entomology and travel the world. Already in 1974 he was traveling in Cameroon, looking for new environments, plants but he was also on the trail of the large and shy butterfly Papilio antimachus, this incessant research allowed him to discover the primitive gardens of the indigenous peoples of the place.

We wanted to complete this project of natural garden, inserting hotels for insects that favor the nesting of pollinators and give shelter to ladybugs, chrysops and other organisms that are natural enemies of phytophagous insects and therefore all beneficial to the small garden.

Piles of branches have been placed because they provide shelter and food for many silophagous insects: Lucanus cervus (flying deer), Cerambyx cerdo, Rosalia alpina, and others. They are also excellent hiding places for hedgehogs, amphibians and small reptiles, as well as ideal nesting places for robins and wrens.

Finally, bird feeders have been placed. Attracting these animals is important because they play a key role in the biological control of plant-parasitic insects and help maintain the essential balance of a healthy ecosystem full of biodiversity.

As Clément teaches us, this traffic circle project can become a garden where the environment and its biodiversity will find a place to evolve freely.