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La Brenne - Land of a thousand lakes

La Brenne - Land of a thousand lakes

Chris Luck discovers the history behind the Brenne Regional Natural Park and how it became one of France’s most important wildlife habitats…

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Picture Perfect - wildlife photography at its best

Picture Perfect - wildlife photography at its best

Chris Luck meets Stephen Rennie, a professional nature photographer based in Charente-Maritime, and picks some of his favourite winter subjects from Stephen’s library…

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Nature Notes on... Spring is in the air…

Nature Notes on... Spring is in the air…

Chris Luck shows us how to spot the earliest signs of spring in our gardens…

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Nature notes on... Winter Visitors

Nature notes on... Winter Visitors

Winter is a time for many animals to hibernate but here in Poitou-Charentes we have plenty of visitors flying in from cooler climes. Chris Luck gets out his binoculars to show us who we should be watching out for…

 

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Nature notes on... Flying visitors

Nature notes on... Flying visitors

Chris Luck takes a look skyward as the cranes fly overhead, before turning his gaze to some smaller flying visitors, our resident wasps and hornets...

 

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Nature notes on... Summer Sounds

Nature notes on... Summer Sounds

Have you ever wondered about the insects that accompany us night and day in the garden? Chris Luck delves into the undergrowth to show us the insects behind the sounds…

 

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Nature notes on... Short toed eagle

Nature notes on... Short toed eagle

Local wildlife expert Chris Luck returns to share his knowledge of the birds of prey flying high above Poitou-Charentes. This time he studies the Short toed eagle, a migratory raptor arriving in the region from its winter habitat south of the Sahara…

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Nature notes on... the Black-winged Kite

Nature notes on... the Black-winged Kite

Having previously covered the Black Kite, a relatively common nesting bird in Poitou-Charentes, Chris Luck introduces a more recent arrival that you may see as it visits or passes through our region -  the Black-winged Kite...

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Nature notes on... Beavers & Otters

Nature notes on... Beavers & Otters

A spring day by the river is the perfect opportunity to watch for two of the region’s most loved (but most elusive) aquatic mammals, as Chris Luck explains… 

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Nature notes on… the Marsh Harrier

Nature notes on… the Marsh Harrier

Given the superb stretches of marshland, the numerous lakes and kilometres of coastline in Poitou-Charentes, it is hardly surprising that the Marsh Harrier is happily installed in our region. Here, Chris Luck tells us all about the Western Marsh Harrier.

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