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The Eagle’s Nest Field Study Centre
Cévennes, France

Mont Lozère Granite

The upland granite landscape around the centre is dominated by sub-alpine meadows and granite tors and is frequented by red and roe deer, wild boar, capercaille and black woodpeckers, species associated with a more northerly aspect. Mont Lozère is also a Natura 200 site, designated in recognition of its peat bogs in particular, which represent the most southerly ‘northern type’ peat bogs in the world.

Fieldwork at a peat bog Mont Lozère

Limestone Causse Plateaux

The Causse represent the largest area of karst scenery in Europe; the spectacular Tarn and Jonte Gorges are over 500m deep and home to all four species of European vulture. Caves, limestone pillars, resurgences and swallow holes dominate this extraordinary landscape, where water and limestone interact with remarkable results.

Students taking notes

Cévenole Schist valleys

Dominated by sweet chestnut and holm oak, this most Mediterranean area of the Cévennes lies between 200m and 1000m altitude. Narrow ridges alternate with steep-sided valleys and hundreds of years of human habitation have created a landscape rich with tiny terraced plots where sheep, chestnuts, silk moths have been nurtured over the years.