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Set up in 1969 as the second regional natural park to be created in France, this gorgeous area not only received specially protected status to preserve its undoubted beauty, but also to sustain traditions and to encourage a well-managed, sustainable rural economy here. For tourists, a scattering of small museums tell local stories well, while the Domaine de Menez Meur focuses on traditional Breton animals.
The Armorique Regional Nature Park mini guide
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The Armorica Regional Nature Park, is a rural protected area located in Brittany. The park land reaches from the Atlantic Ocean to hilly inland countryside. There are sandy beaches, swamps, strange rocks, fast rivers and the hills of Monts d'Arrée, all blended into one landscape. The park also includes three islands: Île de Sein, Molène and Ouessant.
The wildlife of the park is diverse and interesting to naturalists. There are sea birds on the islands, European otters and beavers in the rivers and swamps, and interesting birds of prey. In the marshes lives a species of rare carnivorous plant, the sundew, which captures unwary insects.
The park covers 39 rural villages in the Finistère region. 600sq. miles, with 56.000 inhabitants. It has an island and coastal sector as well as an inland sector : The Iles of the Iroise Sea, the peninsula of Crozon, the maritime Aulne, the "Monts d’Arrée”.
Amongst the sites to discover:
- The Kerouat Mills at Commana
- Corneo House at Saint Rivoal
- The River Museum at Sizun
- The Mineral Museum at Crozon
- The Country School Museum at Tregarvan
- The Wildlife Museum at Scrignac
- The Rector’s House at Loquefret
- Niou House and the Lighthouse and Beacon Museum on Ouessant island
- The Fields Museum at St-Segal
- The national Botanic Conservatory in Brest
- The Abbey museum at Landevennec
- The wolf museum at Cloître St-Thégonnec.
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