Centuries of intense farming, overhunting, warfare, and industrialization have taken a toll on France’s nature. This has not deterred French conservationists from pioneering new solutions to rewild the French landscape. Bold new efforts to reintroduce species extinct in France for thousands of years are taking root in France’s alpine areas.
Few people associate France with bison, yet before the industrial era European bison, taller and slimmer than their American cousin, roamed the fields and forests of France along with wolves, bears, and the Przewalkski horse. Bold conservation efforts have kept these species from teetering over the brink of extinction, and new rewilding initiatives in France and other parts of Europe are carefully reintroducing these species to pockets of landscape. Establishing wilderness corridors that encourage migration will be key for their continued survival.
Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.
Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.
Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.
Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.
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In this private reserve, the first of its kind in Europe, animals are privileged actors. Here, creatures extinct in Europe for decades and centuries roam the land freely.
This mountain reserve provides a forested home for rare species including the black grouse and the dense undergrowth upon which it depends for shelter.
Cerisy was established to protect a rare subspecies of golden beetle. It also harbors stag, boars, badgers, foxes, long-eared owls, and adders.