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The flora of France is diverse and region-specific. Mostly mosses and lichens grow high in the mountains. Alpine meadows are located on the slopes above the upper border of the forest, which are used for grazing sheep and cattle. Below the upper border of the forest, there are coniferous forests consisting of pine, larch, fir and spruce. The lower the height in the mountains, the taller and slender the trees growing there. Coniferous forests give way to broad-leaved oak, beech and chestnut forests.
There are not so many forests preserved in France. Almost all the plains are plowed up. Plantations usually stretch along roads and canals. They are most typical for the landscapes of the bocages of Normandy and Brittany. The most interesting is the vegetation on the Mediterranean coast. Only those plants can grow here that endure a long summer drought. There are no forests here, individual low trees and shrubs grow. There are outcrops of bedrock between them. The most typical trees in this area are olive, cork oak and Aleppo pine.
The fauna of France is not very diverse. Human economic activity had a strong negative impact on the country's fauna. However, the wild fauna is better preserved here than in neighboring countries. Central European, Mediterranean and Alpine species of animals live in France. Most of them live in reserves and national parks of the country. For example, in the West-Iberian Park there are turkey bears and bears, and in the Vanoise National Park in Savoy, stone goats live.
Predatory mammals are represented by foxes, badgers, otters, and the geneta lives in the south of the country. Of the rodents, squirrels, rats and mice are the most characteristic. A large number of bats are found in the southern regions. In some places, hares are still preserved. In some large forest areas such animals live as: red deer, roe deer, wild boar and beaver. In the mountainous regions of. Corsica is inhabited by mouflons, or wild rams.
There are many different birds. The Pyrenees are inhabited by: willow warbler, bullfinch, pika, meadow chimney, song thrush, capercaillie, ratchet warbler and woodcock. There are also: red-winged stencreeper, white-toothed thrush, alpine jackdaw, gray and tundra partridge, and Ialpine finch. Birds such as bearded vulture, griffon vulture and vultures also live in France. The mountains are home to large feathered predators, including eagles and sea eagles. Most of the waterfowl are in the Camargue area, located in the Rhone Delta. France's fish resources are depleted. Most often in rivers and lakes, trout is found, which is artificially bred. The Bay of Biscay is home to sardines, flounder and herring, as well as lobster, shrimp and shellfish.
What can you do in France?
Cycling and trekking are very popular holiday destinations in France. A huge number of trails are laid across the country, most of them pass through historical and wine-growing regions. A bike excursion or a walking tour of the Bordeaux wine cellars will be fun. The trip will be accompanied by visits to local wine-making chateaux and great views. There are more than 70 castles in the Loire Valley, a walk through this region will give you an unforgettable experience and a lot of emotions. Another popular destination is Atlantic beaches and exploring Corsica. You can also go on a bike trip along the Languedoc, to the Mediterranean coast.
Lovers of rafting and extreme river descents will love the Tarn Gorge in the Koss Mountains. At the bottom of the gorge, the winding and turbulent Tarn River flows, which has become one of the centers of rafting throughout the country. On it you can go canoeing or kayaking, along the river there are walking trails for trekking lovers. On the banks of the river, there are several ancient villages where you can relax and taste the local wine. Another popular gorge among tourists is the Ardesh Gorge, located along the river of the same name. The restless river has pronounced curves, which makes it attractive for rafting enthusiasts. You can also go fishing on the banks of the river, after purchasing a license.
The ideal place for diving is Corsica, the largest diving center in the country is located on this island. Experienced divers can dive off the coast of the Sanguiner to a depth of over 30m, while for those just starting out, less challenging dives are offered. You can also go diving all over the Cote d'Azur. But surfing is better on the Atlantic coast. One of the most popular surfing spots is the Biarritz beaches in the Northern Basque Country and is best for beginners. And professionals will be interested in spots in Lands and Gironde.
The west of the country has a temperate maritime climate with mild winters and cool summers. The average monthly temperature of the coldest month - February - ranges around +6°С. The hottest time of the year is August. The average monthly temperature in August ranges from +16°С to +18°С. The driest months are May, June, July, where the monthly precipitation is from 50 to 70mm. The rainiest time of the year is December, the amount of precipitation for this month is up to 150mm.
In the east of France, the climate is close to the temperate continental, which translates into colder winters and hotter summers. The average monthly temperature of the coldest month - January - ranges from 0°С to +2°С. The hottest time of the year is July. The average monthly temperature in July ranges from +18°С to +20°С. The driest months are February, March and April, with monthly precipitation ranging from 30 to 45mm. The rainiest time of the year is summer(June-August), monthly rainfall can reach 80mm.
The southern Mediterranean coast has a subtropical climate with mild and damp winters and hot and dry summers. The average monthly temperature of the coldest month - January - ranges from +6 to +8 degrees. In winter, mistral winds are very frequent, which blow from the north and bring cold weather. The hottest time of the year is July. The average monthly temperature in July is from +22 to +24 degrees. The driest months are July and August, with monthly precipitation ranging from 10 to 30mm. The rainiest time of the year is October, November and December, the monthly rainfall in each of them ranges from 80 to 120mm. The climate in the mountains is characterized by lower temperatures than in the flat areas. More precipitation falls. Snow cover persists at high altitudes. For example, Mont Blanc is covered with snow all year round.