Perigord-Limousin Regional Nature Park
One of the 48 French nature parks
The Perigord-Limousin Regional Nature Park is one of 48 existing parks in France.
These cover over more than 7 million hectares, nearly 17% of French territory.
They also include over 3,900 municipalities and more than 3 million inhabitants.
As other French parks, the Perigord-Limousin Regional Nature Park is renowned for its splendid and varied landscapes.
However, it also boasts exceptional architectural, cultural and natural heritage that need to be protected and maintained for the future generations.
Perigord-Limousin Regional Nature Park - Protecting natural heritage
The Perigord-Limousin Regional Nature Park is one of two large regional nature parks in Limousin.
The other park is the Regional Natural Park of Millevaches.
It was created in 1998 in order to protect and develop a superb inhabited rural area of 180,000 hectares.
It therefore includes nearly 51,000 inhabitants who lived in 78 communities.
49 of these communities are located in the Dordogne in Aquitaine, and 29 in Haute-Vienne in Limousin.
The park promotes eco-tourism and aims at protecting natural, human, cultural and environmental heritage.
The headquarters, Maison du Parc, are located in the small village of La Barde near La Coquille in Périgord.
The park spreads over a large area; its altitude therefore varies from 85m to 556m.
It indeed presents a neat geological duality due to its location, astride the Aquitaine Basin and the mountainous Limousin.
The northeast area, at the foothills of the Massif Central is a mountainous area formed in the Paleozoic, during the collision of tectonic plates and creation of the continents.
The southeastern area is part of the Aquitaine Basin.
These differences in elevation therefore contribute to the variation in vegetation and agriculture.
The park is also a region of water, crisscrossed by a multitude of streams and rivers.
Two lakes, Lac Lavaud and Lac de Mas Chaban, although geographically located in the Charente department, are part of the park.
The park benefits from a temperate climate with pockets of micro climates according to the location; continental in the north and sub-Mediterranean on the south facing slopes.
The countless archaeological artefacts uncovered in the region (tools, weapons…) show that it has continuously been inhabited since the Lower Paleolithic (300,000BP).
It therefore counts many rock shelters along the river banks and megaliths scattered in the countryside.
These today largely contribute to the attractiveness of the region.
Departement of Dordogne
Coordinates Perigord-Limousin Regional Nature Park: Lat 45.556982 - Long 1.002921
Photos via Wikimedia: watermill by Père Igor is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 - Lac Lavaud and River by Traumrune is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 - Dolmen Brantôme by Père Igor is licensed under GFDL
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