Sheltered and covered in forest, surrounded by limestone cliffs, the Beune valley in the Vézère valley is a haven of nature.

The Beunes valleys, unspoilt nature

Of course, the absence of large towns and industrial areas is a major factor in this preservation. But the valley also boasts a number of protected areas, i.e. areas recognised for the richness of their natural heritage. natural heritage. In addition to UNESCO's recognition of the status of " biosphere reserve "It is home to a number of sites "Natura 2000 protected under a European directive.

Take the Beunes valleys, for example

Petite and Grande Beune are tributaries of the the Vézère. They contain rare and fragile environments such as peat bogs or reed beds and are home to several protected species. You may come across otters, salamanders or Marsh copper (a rare butterfly).

Salamander ©pixabay

In the same way, we know that this part of France served as a refuge, during the ice ages, for our prehistoric ancestors. Here they found abundant game and a source of inspiration for their art. The two valleys of the Beunes are home to the largest concentration of decorated caves in the world Some fifteen sites, only some of which are accessible. The caves of Font-de-Gaume, Combarelles, Bernifal and theCap Blanc shelter are among them.

So take a deep breath, look around, enjoy your walks, horse rides or cycle rides and help us preserve this wilderness!

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