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Nature & Wildlife

Across the region, we are lucky to have a wide variety of habitats and landscapes giving us the opportunity to observe a wide range of flora and fauna. From windswept shores to inland waterways, from plains to craggy rockfaces, each has secrets to share. 

At Living, we have teamed up with experts in the region to show you what to watch out for at the different times of year...

 

Asian hornets - the truth behind the myths

Asian hornets - the truth behind the myths

It is now over ten years since the Asian Hornet was first brought into France. Chris Luck discusses how their introduction has impacted on honey bees and humans, and separates the myths from reality…

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Pond Life in south west France

Pond Life in south west France

Chris Luck discovers the history of our local ponds and the important role they play in the countryside today

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Into the darkness - a look at underground waterways

Into the darkness - a look at underground waterways

Aquifers and the water table are frequently out of sight and out of mind, but all this changed for Chris Luck when he met François Lefebvre from Vienne Nature…

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Arbres Remarquable - truly remarkable trees

Arbres Remarquable - truly remarkable trees

Most of us will notice large, old or ancient trees when we are out and about, occasionally we may stop and take a closer look. You don’t have to be a tree hugger to enjoy their presence or consider what changes they have seen in their life – if only they could talk.

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On Environmental Lines - the impact of the LGV

On Environmental Lines - the impact of the LGV

Massive infrastructure projects inevitably have environmental impacts and with some 300km of new track, the Tours–Bordeaux Ligne à Grande Vitesse (LGV) has provoked controversy since its construction was first proposed. Chris Luck investigates...

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Les écluses à poissons - rock pooling in France

Les écluses à poissons - rock pooling in France

Situated just off the Atlantic coast, the islands of Oléron, Ré and Noirmoutier all have something unique - les écluses à poissons or fish locks. Chris Luck investigates this traditional method of catching fish dating back to the Middle Ages which has provided both local food and economic benefits.

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Harriers - Birds of the French plains

Harriers - Birds of the French plains

Wildlife expert Chris Luck examines the conservation efforts designed to protect three of our native harriers, all inhabitants of the local plains.

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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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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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Fluttering By....local butterflies in south west France

Fluttering By....local butterflies in south west France

Chris Luck meets Neil Wilding, a specialist in lepidopterology, the study of butterflies and moths, to find out about the region’s diversity....

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