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Wild France: A Traveller's Guide

Travel Guide

Series: Wild Guides

Edited By: Douglas Botting

224 pages, 55 col photos, 45 b/w illus, maps

Sheldrake Press

Paperback | Apr 2000 | Edition: 2 | #111167 | ISBN: 1873329334
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About this book

Travel guide to exploring the wilder and less known areas of France, from the Alps to the Atlantic and from the Vosges to the Pyrenees, taking in the spectacular gorges of the Massif Central the leafy forests of Burgundy, the Mediterranean coast and the island of Corsica. The second edition has been completely revised and includes updated hotel and transport information.

'For those seeking quiet corners and the most unspoiled places of France this book is a must - an essential companion.' - France Magazine. 'The handsomely illustrated book offers useful information for nature lovers, with a guide to plants and animals and where they can be found.' - The Independent. 'Well written and a vital addition to the traveller's library.' - TNT Magazine.


Contents

About the Series. Wild France: An Introduction - Map of France showing Chapter Areas. The Key to France's Wild Places - Wild Habitats, Protected Areas and Nature Conservation, Exploring Wild France, Rules of the Wild, To the Reader. Chapter 1: Brittany and Normandy - Foret de Brotonne & Marais Vernier, Parc Regional Normandie-Maine, Baie du Mont St-Michel, Cote d'Emeraude & Cote de Granit Rose, Monts d'Arree, Iles d'Ouessant, Presqu'ile de Crozon, Cote de Cornouaille & Cote Sauvage, Foret de Paimpont, La Briere. Chapter 2: The North-East - Cote d'Opale & Baie de la Somme, Plaine de la Scarpe et de l'Escaut, Foret de Compiegne & Foret de Laigue, Champagne, Parc Regional de Lorraine, Massif des Vosges, Vosges du Nord. Chapter 3: The Alps - Alpes de Provence, Massif du Mercantour, Massif du Queyras, Massif des Ecrins, Massif du Vercors, Massif de la Chartreuse, Massif de la Vanoise, Haut-Jura. Chapter 4: Central France - Les Volcans d'Auvergne, Livradois-Forez, Parc Regional du Pilat, Les Cevennes, Plateau de Millevaches, Dordogne, Armagnac, Haut-Languedoc. Chapter 5: The Loire and Burgundy - Sologne, Foret d'Orleans, Morvan, Foret de Troncais, Foret de Fontainebleau, Haute-Vallee de Chevreuse. Chapter 6: The Pyrenees - Pays Basque, Bearn, Bigorre, Comminges, Ariege, Andorra, Cerdagne & Capcir, Conflent & Vallespir. Chapter 7: The Atlantic Coast - Lac de Grand-Lieu, Marais d'Olonne, Marais Poitevin, Foret de Mervent-Vouvant, Foret de Chize, Etang de Cousseau, Landes de Gascogne, Courant d'Huchet, Etang Noir. Chapter 8: The Eastern Mediterranean and Corsica - Massif des Maures & Plaine des Maures, Presqu'ile de Giens & Iles d'Hyeres, Massif de l'Esterel & Lac de St-Cassien, Gorges du Verdon, Montagne du Cheiron, Massif de la Ste-Baume & Montagne Ste-Victoire, Corsica. Chapter 9: The Western Mediterranean - La Camargue, La Crau, Les Alpilles, Les Etangs du Littoral, Roussillon. Glossary. Useful Addresses. Index.


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Biography

Under the General Editorship of Douglas Botting, biographer of Gerald Durrell and author of many travel books, including Wild Britain, six contributors have pooled their love of the French countryside and their knowledge of particular departements to create a definitive guide. Mick Hamer, Robin Neillands, Andrew Sanger, Keith Spence, David Stubbs and Gillian Thomas, travel writers all, have worked alongside the ecologist David Stubbs, the consultant on the book.

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