This guide covers the central part of France, roughly coinciding with the Centre-Val de Loire administrative region. The area stretches out from Angers in the west to Nevers in the east (both on the banks of the Loire) and from Orleans in the north to Poitiers in the south. Within this region, the book focusses on four natural areas: La Brenne, Le Sologne, Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Park and Forêt d’Orleans.
The Crossbill Guide to the Loire Valley is a thorough and practical guide for naturalists and nature lovers. It offers background information and detailed routes and site descriptions, plus tips on finding and watching all kinds of wildlife. Each route offers detailed descriptions of where and how to find wildlife and wildflowers and shows you the characteristics of the landscape and geology. The book offers a mix of (mostly easy) walking routes and car itineraries with stops and short walks.
- Landscape history
- Flora and Fauna
- Where to watch birds
- Finding orchids and other wildflowers
- 17 detailed routes with tips for finding wildlife and 13 site descriptions