The Salon de la Basse-Cour et de la Biodiversité succeeds, from Saturday 29 to Sunday 30 October, in bringing together one hundred and fifty exhibitors (breeders and stands) and no less than one thousand five hundred animals of poultry species or not in the two halls of the Center-Expo of Nevers. Ducks, turkeys, rabbits, chickens, guinea pigs, quails, guinea fowl, pigeons, birds, koi carp, bees, reptiles, birds of prey, snails, dogs… compete for the gaze large numbers of visitors from the opening.
These species are presented by passionate breeders, from around thirty departments and regions such as Normandy, Brittany or even the North. “Poultry is the basis of our event. But we are expanding it with other animals”, indicates Denis Geoffroy, the treasurer of Aviculture Nivernais Morvan, the association organizing the Show, proud that Nevers serves as a setting, on this occasion, for the French championships for giant rabbits and silken hens.
The association thinks about the future
“We would like associations close to nature such as the League for the Protection of Birds (LPO) and others to join our show, which we would like to bring forward a fortnight so that we can also present a mushroom exhibition. This Farmyard and Biodiversity Fair has barely opened its doors when Denis Geoffroy already has his eyes riveted on the next editions. At 50, the former Salon de la Fleur et des Animaux wants to grow still further and become a more general Salon around nature.
“It’s pretty full already. But we could also add pony sessions for children, various attractions, presentations of varieties of old apples with the help of the Croqueurs de Pommes association…”, concludes the treasurer of Aviculture Nivernais Morvan, browsing the aisles where the animals are just waiting to be admired all weekend long.
Sunday October 30. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. €4 entry. Free for children under 12.