Brenne Regional Natural Park

The Brenne regional natural park was created in 1989, and covers 167,200 hectares of the Indre department, with 32,430 inhabitants in 47 communes.

The park is divided into two zones - the north is a flat area with more than a thousand lakes, while the south and west are more rolling countryside, with wooded hills and small fields.

The lakes in the park are almost exclusively man-made, constructed over hundreds of years, some of them dating to Roman times, and now provide a marvellous natural habitat for migrating and resident birds, butterflies, and many unusual plants - often some of the rarest in Europe, including the cistude, a carnivorous fresh-water turtle.

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Many of the lakes have been used for hundreds of years for commercial fish-farming.

The park is also crossed by several rivers, including the river Creuse, along which were built numerous medieval castles, abbeys and, of course, mills.

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