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Changing habitats - the Ornithological Reserve of Saint Cyr near Poitiers (86)

Changing habitats - the Ornithological Reserve of Saint Cyr near Poitiers (86)

Wildlife expert Chris Luck takes a look at how the Ornithological Reserve of Saint Cyr, an important wildlife oasis, came into being beside one of the region’s largest leisure parks…

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Pardon? Watery phrases

Pardon? Watery phrases

Dive in to the world of French expressions with language expert Emma-Jane Lee

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Freewheeling in SW France - cycle routes not to miss!

Freewheeling in SW France - cycle routes not to miss!

Here in SW France we’re blessed with country roads and dedicated cycle paths just perfect for day rides and weekend cycling. Lynette Eyb has some ideas to get you started…

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Living Architecture - Windows and shutters

Living Architecture - Windows and shutters

So far we’ve looked at why the basic structures of our traditional homes look the way they do. We now turn our thoughts to windows & shutters, which not only keep things dry and secure, but can also add a touch of style.

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Le Tour de France 2014 heads to Dordogne

Le Tour de France 2014 heads to Dordogne

On 25-26 July the Dordogne will host two key stages of this year's Tour de France – here's how to get in on the action. 

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Howzat! Cricket clubs across the region

Howzat! Cricket clubs across the region

Life is good here in France, but some things have a habit of gnawing away in the background, ready to hit the nostalgia button just when we least expect it. We meet local cricket fans who have set up their own clubs...

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Visit Saint-Savinien-sur-Charente

Visit Saint-Savinien-sur-Charente

From time to time even the most well-behaved waterways can become a little wayward, and the Charente is no exception. As if to prove a point, it divides abruptly beside the village of Saint-Savinien (17), one half following a graceful natural meander while the remainder takes a direct, canal-style shortcut, resulting in a semi-circular island known as l’Ile de la Grenouillette. As we’ll see, it has proved to be a useful asset in recent years.

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Competition fishing in France

Competition fishing in France

It’s competition time in the world of angling as Ron Cousins explains…

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Park Naturel Régional de la Brenne - where to start?

Park Naturel Régional de la Brenne - where to start?

With 1672km2 to choose from, Chris Luck highlights a few of the more accessible areas of the vast Parc Naturel Régional de la Brenne on the Vienne/Indre border...

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Climbing High - our pick of climbing plants

Climbing High - our pick of climbing plants

After our wet and wild winter, it is a relief to see spring arriving. Trevor Bridge explains how to get our gardens back on track and shares his favourite climbing plants with us…

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