France, one step after another: five 100 % nature hikes

This summer, we take the time to discover France on foot. This week, on the way to the mountain, the sea or the countryside, to meet wild fauna and flora.


Isère the ibex of the Alps (Capra Ibex) is a bit to our mountains what the lion is to the savannah: a king, but a king who has the elegance of being herbivore and perfectly peaceful. He is also fierce. It is therefore a privilege to be able to observe it in the wild. We start from Autrans-Méaudre to head towards the largest natural reserve in France, the highlands of Vercors, which culminate at 2,341 meters above sea level. The guide is a mountain guide, who knows as his pocket these landscapes of mountain pastures, forests and rocky peaks. Six hours of walking, 600 meters of elevation, the whole family is invited (from 12 years old). The observation of the majestic Caprin is not guaranteed. But what a joy when it happens!

play the naturalist in the Orlu national reserve

 a pleasant way to make yourself useful. A pleasant way to make yourself useful. Nicole JEUMET

ariège of course, the marmots are easier to observe than the large tetra or the bearded gypat, this impressive raptor nicknamed “the bone breaker”. But in all cases, for this hike in the Ariège Pyrenees proposed by the mountain observatory, it is not only a question of being supervised by a naturalist of the Orlu National Reserve, but of helping him Its usual tasks: telemetric monitoring of animals equipped with transmitters, radiopping and counting. Children (from 5 years old) take this game both playful and useful. The Orlu reserve is located in the White-Carlit Roc massif, near Ax-les-Thermes, and its 4,248 hectares were between 930 to 2,765 meters above sea level. In four hours of walking, starting from the Maison de la Réserve d’Orlu, we only discover a small part, but the disconnection is total.

observe birds in the Landes Park DE GASCOGNE

 in the ornithological park, calm and discretion are essential. in the ornithological park, calm and discretion are essential. Philippe Roy/Aurimages via AFP

Gironde the ornithological reserve of the Teich, in the Landes of Gascogne Regional Natural Park, is a haven for birds, sedentary or migratory. To observe the diversity of species that live there – 323 in total, a considerable figure on only 110 hectares -, you have to walk on a 6 -kilometer path conducive to the discovery of all these landscapes in the south of the Arcachon basin. Observation huts punctuate roaming and four higher views allow you to see migratory birds pass even more closely. Camouflage and silence are the keys: the Garzette egrette, the elegant avocet or the water rattle should not know that so many eyes contemplate them. It takes four hours, but there is a 2.5 -kilometer shortcut and a route adapted to people with reduced mobility.

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