DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WILD CAMPING AND BIVOUAC
Bivouac take place under the stars, or simply under a light tent in the middle of nature. The goal is to sleep one night before going on an adventure! It is practiced during outdoor recreation such as hiking.
Wild camping is practiced by people with motorized vehicles (campervan, combi, car ...), who land in places closer to civilization (parking, roadside, fields ...) and stay several days in the same place.
SOME TIPS FOR YOUR NIGHT IN BIVOUAC
The bivouac is practiced under the stars, or simply under a light tent in natural places, between sunset and sunrise.
Be respectful of the living or natural space in which you are: stay discreet!
- Do not spread yourself too much, minimize your installation
- Use lightweight tents with a small footprint
- Before going to bed, do not leave anything lying outside your shelters (empty bottles, garbage,...)
- Arrive late and leave early, avoid being intrusive by staying only one night in the same location
- Choose your place conscientiously, avoid sleeping in large open places
- For wild camping on private plots, ask if you can to farmers and/or potential owners
- At the time of departure, erase your traces of passage, leave the place cleaner than when you arrived
- Obviously be silent
STRICTLY REGULATED FIRE
Article L322-1 of the Forest Code prohibits "carrying or lighting fires inside and up to 200m of woods, forests, plantations, moors and maquis".
In the Loire department, the use of fire is prohibited for campfires, for the use of stoves or barbecues (except near a house with running water) as specified in 2 prefectural decrees*.
Only farmers and foresters are allowed to incinerate plants and their remnants generated in the course of their professional activities. These operations are subject to prior declaration in the town hall and are only possible outside the summer period from July 1 to September 30.
* Prefectural Order of 8 March 1974 supplemented by that of 11 July 1984