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Estenc plateau hay meadows

The term “hay meadows” means areas of production of fodder which was not deliberately planted and which are rich in variety of species. The hay is harvested...Read more

Lat : 44.2385688Lng : 6.7527329
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Alpine ibex (Capra ibex)

A symbol of the high mountains and their giddying peaks, this ungulate disappeared from this region more than 150 years ago.Since 1987, reintroduction...Read more

Lat : 44.2265727Lng : 6.7759098
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Siberian cricket (Aeropus sibericus)

During the great glacial periods, this orthoptera lived on the plains. As the climate has warmed back up, it has moved to the high mountains, above 2000m....Read more

Lat : 44.2231582Lng : 6.7815781
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Pastoralism

This grassy valley called Estrop (stropia: flock) a been used for pastoral purposes for many a long year: 1500 sheep graze it from August to September....Read more

Lat : 44.2219691Lng : 6.7923015
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White-tailed ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus)

Also known as the snow quail (or “jalabre” in the local dialect), this bird of the Tetraoninae family is a familiar sight in the high mountains. It is...Read more

Lat : 44.2208613Lng : 6.8088278
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Argentera granite

If you look closely at this grey rock, you will see that it is made of different minerals. Quartz (grey) and feldspar (white) sometimes big with a few...Read more

Lat : 44.1458158Lng : 7.2347374
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Cattle farming in the Mercantour

As you head up the Salèse valley in the summer, you will undoubtedly cross paths with a herd of fine cows grazing in the light undergrowth of the larch...Read more

Lat : 44.1296463Lng : 7.2492514
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The scars of erosion

When they converge, runoff streams of water leave the ground bare, breaking a fragile equilibrium. In addition, footfall due to tourism damages the ground...Read more

Lat : 44.100211Lng : 7.3602209
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Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra)

A mammal of the Bovidae family and the subfamily of the Caprinae, the chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra) is a mountain dweller par excellence. It can climb...Read more

Lat : 44.0990015Lng : 7.3963632
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The eclogite of Lac Niré

Just above Lac Niré, on the right bank of the mountain stream, among the migmatite, can be found very dark rocks which take the shape of huge lentils (geologists...Read more

Lat : 44.101146Lng : 7.4102609
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