Spotting rare flowers such as the early spider orchid, breathing in the fragrance of Breckland Thyme, getting up close to praying mantises and listening to crickets are all part of daily life in the Coteau de la Bandonnière. Located in Longny-au-Perche, it stretches across a steep hillside of the Vallée de la Robioche. Its sunny, sloping aspect has encouraged unusual flora and fauna, usually only seen further south. A walk with a guide will reveal many facets of this outstanding natural heritage, preserved and managed using sheep from breeds especially well adapted to this kind of environment.
The ‘Syndicat mixte de gestion du Parc’ is drawn from the Conseils Régionaux of Normandy and Centre-Val de Loire regions, the Conseils départementaux of the departments of Orne and Eure-et-Loir and the 88 municipalities within the boundaries of the Parc. It receives financial support from the French state and the European Union.