said the countryside is quiet?!?
Not around here it's not - from the frog chorus, buzzards
meewing overhead, the golden oriole's exotic call, the incessant
cuckooing to the cicadas chirruping into the night competing
with the calls of the owls - and it is absolutely heaven!!!
As you can guess, we are fans of the wildlife and there
is lots to see even around Le Bouchet - the wonderful birdlife,
swallowtail butterflies and hummingbird moths, praying mantis,
lizards and even the occasional red deer - and the list
Brenne National Park
is close by and is a haven for birdlife (and terrapins!)
with a series of walks across a landscape of more than a
you like your wildlife a little larger, then Haute
Touche is only half an hour away and makes for a fantastic
day out. Twice as large as Whipsnade Park in the UK, at
over 500 hectares it is France's largest zoo park and one
of the largest in Europe. Beauval
zoo is highly recommended as well.
Vallée des Singes (monkey valley) is another
place we absolutely recommend and although a little further
away than an hour, we can assure you that it's a trip well
under the heading of Wildlife and Zoos should be Geants
du Ciel, the fantastic display of free flying birds
at Chauvigny - it is spectacular and the sight of all sorts
of birds including storks, vultures and owls flying free
over the skyline of Chauvigny is simply amazing!