The Loire Valley is not known as the 'Garden of France' for nothing, and being just a few hours drive from the main ports, the region has cried out for a quality guide to its wildlife. The Sologne itself boasts some 1200 plant species for the botanist to get to grips with, and over 280 species of bird have been recorded amongst the 2000 lakes of the Brenne. With 110 species of butterfly and 62 varieties of dragonfly, the Loire is a draw for wildlife enthusiasts of all kinds and this new guide helps you maximise your time in the region. This nature guide is part of the "Crossbill Guides" series for nature enthusiasts. The Crossbill Guides combine interesting and insightful accounts with up-to-date and practical tourist information and tips on observing wildlife. This title includes detailed descriptions of drive and hiking trails are conveniently linked to information on everything you want to know about the wheres, whats, and whys of the splendid nature of the Loire. This title: contains a full description of the landscapes and scenery of the region, including its lakes and forests, and World Heritage valley; includes a geographical and habitat overview which helps to explain the special nature of the region's wildlife; deals with the history of Valley's vast and distinctive countryside; the flora, birds, insects, reptiles, amphibians and mammals, each have a section describing their special requirements and where they might be found; and, the main section of the book contains suggested routes for summer visits to sections of the region, including maps and special points of interest.