1. Location and access
All along the Semois, which has its source at Arlon, there is a group of marshes following each other that have a high biological value. Amongst them, there are the marshes of Vance and Chantemelle.
To penetrate into the marshes, it’s necessary to get the agreement of the Belgian Nature and Birds Reserves.
The environment is marshy and not very accessible. It’s better to ask for a conducted tour with the curator:
J. Noël, rue A. Henckels 19 - 6700 Sampont - telephone : 063/23.72.46.
2. Status of the site
In 1964, the district of Vance (now of Etalle) gave, by long lease to the organization of the Belgian Nature and Birds Reserves, a surface of 12 ha. in one piece.
The objective was obviously to insure a protection for this peatery marsh by putting it under a status of a recognized nature reserve.
The surface of the marsh of Chantemelle is close to 8 hectares. The site recognized as a "Reserve" is in fact on the territory of Vance. The marsh is entirely recognized as a core zone of Special Protection Zone and Special Zone of nature Preservation.