As said the “Fôret de Tronçais” is one of the most beautiful oak forests in Europe.
The forest is famous for its oak trees, in many areas more then 300 years old, and home to a truly exceptional flora and fauna including deer, boar and mushrooms of every kind. The forest is also favourite with those who, at any time of the year, can be seen walking, riding or cycling along its paths.
The “Foret de Tronçais” lies between the “Berry” and the land of the ancient kings of Bourbon and offers a ideal starting point for visiting its lovely small towns, its many castles and other historical points of interest.
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Lakes for fishing
Lake for swimming
Children’s play park
Bikes for rent
Inns with terrasses
Churches and cathedrals
400 year old oak trees
On our campsite we are surrounded by nature.
All year long many birds are to be seen, like the great, middle and lesser spotted woodpecker and the black and green woodpeckers. A blue-grey bird with a buff-orange belly that can walk down a tree-trunk head first, this is the NUTHATCH. This bird is so fast he is almost impossible to photograph. You do not have that problem with the GREAT TIT, and the various other species of tits, or the finches and blackbirds. Rarely, you may see an HOOPOE, with its unique fan-shaped crest, pink head and body and then as it takes flight a dazzling pattern of black and white. When night falls the TAWNY OWL comes out of its shelter and you may hear its call.
We even have RED SQUIRRELS, surely the most appealing animal in the woods.
In Spring you see the STAG BEETLE in and around the big oaks. This insect got its name from the enormous antlers that the males have and which remind you of the antlers of stags.They fly almost vertically to compensate for the weight of the antlers, which are only there to impress the ladies and rival males.They look dangerous but they are not.
Lizards love to have a sun bath but not the FIRE SALAMANDER. He likes wet corners and the shade of leaves and stones.
The COMMON LIZARD is simply grey and brown in colour with sometimes a little yellow or blue. The big SAND LIZARD is however a beautiful green and blue, sparkling like a gem.
The SLOW-WORM is like a snake but is not. He is a lizard without legs. The tail of slow-worms, like many lizards, will break off as a defence mechanism.
Children like to search for grasshoppers and crickets. There are more than a 1,000 species and so it may take some time to find them all.
The male ROE DEER (bucks), and the male FALLOW DEER, live solitary lives most of the year. The females (does) graze early in the mornings and late in the evenings. You can see them on the campsite if you are lucky. In Summer the brambles bloom and in August the BLACKBERRIES ripen. You can go blackberrying to your heart’s content.
In the Autumn there are more than 100 different MUSHROOMS on the campsite itself and more to find in the surrounding area.
In September you can look for conkers, hazelnuts, beechnuts, acorns and SWEET CHESTNUTS. Good for chestnut purée, savoury to go with meat and sweet for desserts