Cevennes National Park

Created on 2nd September 1970 and designated a Biosphere Reserve in 1985, the Cevennes National Park is remarkable for its unique balance between man and nature shaped by successive generations, dating back to the Neolithic era, and for a common desire to link protection and development. It is inhabited right into its “heart”, a protected and regulated space. It also constitutes 70% of the area recognized by UNESCO in 2011, the Causses and the Cevennes, under the Cultural Landscape of Mediterranean Agrofarming.

Heritage

The biodiversity of the National Park is quite rich. It is home to 2410 animal species including 45% of the vertebrate and two thirds of the mammals of France, among which are 20 species of chiroptera. The territory shelters many endangered raptors: golden eagles, short-toed eagles, peregrine falcons, grand dukes… It is a privileged site for several species of vultures: deer, bearded monk, percnoptera and gypaetus. The flora is very diversified (11000 species including 2350 flowering plants), with remarkable and endemic vegetable associations, in particular in the peat bogs of the Lozere and Aigoual mountains, or in the pseudo-steppe of the Causses.

The national park in a nutshell

Cevennes National Park
6 bis place du Palais
48400 Florac
Tél. :+33(0)4 66 49 53 00

Chiffres clés

Date of creation

2nd September 1970

Location

Languedoc-Roussillon and Rhône-Alpes Regions in the Ardèche (07), Gard (30) and Lozère (48) departments.

Heart of the National Park

93 500 ha

Additional surface

175 000 ha