La Brenne

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La Brenne

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    140,000 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    46°43'N 01°15'E
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La Brenne. 08/04/91; Centre; 140,000 ha; 46°44'N 001°15'E. Special Protection Area EC Directive; Regional Natural Park, Natural Reserve, Hunting Reserve. A plateau region with a complex of 1,500 semi-natural lakes and ponds, formed in the Middle Ages by levee construction. Vegetation includes dense belts of fringing reeds, submergent and floating vegetation. The surrounding landscape consists of forests, heathland, wet meadows, dry grassland and cultivated land. The varied flora includes 1,000 species, 23 of which are rare. The diverse fauna includes 50 dragonfly species, 10 reptiles and 14 amphibians. An important area for passerines and for breeding, nesting and staging numerous species of waterbirds. Human activities include agriculture, forestry, fish farming, hunting, quarrying, and tourism. Ramsar site no. 518. Most recent RIS information: 2006.

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  • National legal designation: 
    • Parc naturel régional
    • Réserve naturelle
    • Réserve naturelle volontaire
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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