Crossbill Nature Guides Cevennes and Grands Causses – France

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This nature travel guidebook to Cévennes and Grands Causses contains routes and background info on landscape, flora and fauna.

  • Landscape history
  • Ecosystems
  • Geology
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Where to watch birds
  • Finding orchids and other wildflowers
  • 19 detailed routes with tips for finding wildlife and 5 site descriptions
Author: Dirk Hilbers
Print: 2nd
Year: 2015
Country: France
Language: English
ISBN: 978-94-91648-05-2
Pages: 256
Size: 21 x 15 cm

Region covered by this guide

This guidebook covers the twin regions of the Cévennes and Grands Causses in south-central France. The area forms the southernmost and highest part of the Massif Central. The book covers everything from the Mont Lozère in the north to the southern extremities at Saint-Hippolyte-du-Fort and from the eastern lowlands near Alès to the western edge of the Grands Causses at Millau.

The Crossbill Guide is a thorough and practical guide for naturalists and nature lovers. It offers background information, routes and site descriptions, plus tips on finding and watching all kinds of wildlife. Each route offers detailed descriptions of where to find wildlife and wildflowers. The book offers a mix of walking routes and car itineraries with stops and short walks. Although some are challenging, all the walks in this book are designed to explore the landscape and find birds and wildlife rather than simply covering ground.

About Cévennes and Grands Causses

In the south-eastern part of the Massif Central in France lie the Cévennes and Grands Causses; a remote and mountainous region of great natural beauty. The mountains are covered in forest, mixed with extensive mountain heathlands, limestone grasslands, secluded river valleys and Mediterranean scrublands, creating a pleasantly varied landscape. Deep, rocky gorges (such as the famous Gorges du Tarn) add drama to the landscape. The spectacle continues underground, where vast cave systems penetrate deep into the bedrock – all in all, the Cévennes and Grands Causses are one of the more spectacular regions of France.
Read more on our Wildlife Site Page about the Cévennes and Grands Causses.

About the author

Dirk Hilbers (NL, 1976), set up the Crossbill Guides Foundation and travels Europe to research the guidebooks. This is the 8th guide on which he has worked. As a biologist, when not in the field, Dirk Hilbers is a free-lance writer and lecturer in the field of environmental ethics.

Reviews (2)

2 reviews for Crossbill Nature Guides Cevennes and Grands Causses – France

  1. Valerie Outfin

    I moved to the Cévennes 5 years ago and searched far and wide for a book like this – I would have been happy to find something in French but then I discovered this guide – it is invaluable for naturalists and even our French gîte guests have used it for ideas and car tours and hiking routes. It is a great shame you don’t have a French version as I think it would prove even more popular than the English one. Most of our guests who come to stay in our gîte are French wildlife and walking enthusiasts and they would benefit from a French version. In summary I adore this book and it has pride of place in our bookshelf at our “Gîte du Rouquet en Cévennes”! The Cévennes is a little known paradise for nature and naturalists alike!!!

  2. Richard Laybourne

    I bought thus book about 6 years ago for a trip to the Cevennes. Absolutely invaluable. Enhanced my holiday ten-fold. Can’t recommend it enough.

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