Provence and Camargue
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About the book
The Crossbill Guide to Provence and Camargue covers a variety of National Parks and nature reserves in southeast France. From the bird-rich Camargue and steppe plain of La Crau it follows the Côte d’Azur east to Nice and the interior of Provence up to the Mont Ventoux.
As all Crossbill Guides, the book describes the landscape, ecology, flora and fauna of the region extensively. Over half of the guide is reserved for 24 detailed route descriptions and numerous sites, plus observation tips and general tourist information.
- Landscape history
- Flora and Fauna
- Where to watch birds
- Finding butterflies, dragonflies, reptiles, orchids and other wildflowers
- 24 detailed routes with observation tips and 20 site descriptions
Camargue, Étand du Scamandre, La Crau, Marais du Vigueirat, Alpilles, Luberon, Mont Saint-Victoire, Montagne Sainte-Baume, les Calanques NP, Île Port Cros NP, Massif and Plaine des Maures, Plaine du Calern, Grand Canyon du Verdon, Plaine de Valensole, Vaucluse, Mont Ventoux
Photos: Dirk Hilbers and Jack Folkers
Dirk Hilbers (The Netherlands, 1976), set up the Crossbill Guides Foundation and travels Europe
to research the guidebooks. This is the 26th guide he worked on. When not in the field, Dirk Hilbers is a lecturer of environmental ethics at the University of Amsterdam.
Constant Swinkels (The Netherlands, 1995), now finalizing his master degree in ecology, has been a naturalist from the moment he was able to hold a pair of binoculars. His interests are broad – from birds to wildflowers and butterflies to reptiles. Constant specialises in vegetation ecology and (co-)authored the routes, the bird section and the ecological chapters of this book.
Albert Vliegenthart (The Netherlands, 1975) works at ‘De Vlinderstichting’ – the Dutch butterfly conservancy and is a butterfly and dragonfly specialist, as well as being a keen birdwatcher. Albert has (co-)authored the routes and contributed to the insect and bird sections of this book.