Beside one of Western Europe’s last-remaining wild rivers
The Réserve Naturelle Nationale du Val d’Allier stretches beside a portion of what is considered one of Western Europe’s last-remaining wild rivers. The Allier River has created a mosaic of different environments along its meanders around these parts and has largely kept its free, ever-shifting character, especially south of Moulins. It’s here that the Réserve Naturelle Nationale du Val d’Allier has been created, to protect 1,450 hectares along some 20km of the river. The Reserve enables you to immerse yourself in an unspoilt ecosystem, a veritable paradise for birds. Over 260 species have been observed here, among them 100 nesting birds, including stone curlews, terns, white storks and black kites… In addition, 45 species of mammals live here, notably those iconic water creatures, beavers and otters.