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AuvergneLarge1 - Visitor Information - The Parc

The Parc des Volcans d'Auvergne is Europe's largest National Park, 120 kms north to south, "protected because of its special beauty and its fragility".

Two distinct ranges of mountains lie within the Park, both rising over 1,800 metres (6,000 feet). The northern part, in the Department of Puy de Dome, is more developed and more densely populated. The southern part, especially that in Cantal, is quieter, more rural.

Among animals found are moufflon, chamois, marmots, red & roe deer, wild boar, edible & hazel dormice, pine and beech martens and red squirrels.

Birds include many species now rare or gone from Britain, crested tits have visited our bird nuts in winter, shrikes nest by the house, black kites and honey buzzards can be seen easily and red kites are commonplace, distinguish them from buzzards by their forked tails. See also Birds.
Not at all knowledgeable about butterflies and moths, any help or information would be much appreciated.

The sheer quantity of wild flowers and their great variety never cease to amaze and delight. From daffodils as far as the eye can see, to hay made more with flowers than grass, to the carpet of wild thyme underfoot scenting the evening.
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Books, ask if you would like to refer to:
The Mammals of Britain and Europe by Maurice Burton
British Birds by John Gooders and Terence Lambert
Petersen's Birds of Europe (French edition)
The Illustrated Flora of Britain and Northern Europe, superbly illustrated by Marjorie Blamey
The Concise British Flora by Keeble Martin
Pocket Guide to Mushrooms and Toadstools
Les Champignons Comestibles by Fernand Nathan (in French)
A Passion for Mushrooms by Antonio Carluccio