Montenach Natural Reserve (France)

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Montenach Natural Reserve
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Just before my return for a month in Mulhouse, I discovered this forest a few kilometers from Luxembourg.

Very small in surface area (107 hectares), it first of all offers a small wood, then reveals fabulous landscapes: sunny limestone lawns, fresh valleys and rocky outcrops, punctuated by thousands of flowers and butterflies…
I am literally in another world, a Garden of Eden, as it may have existed 7,000 years ago, cut off from civilization!
This forest allows the development of more than 500 plant species, including 24 species of wild orchids, more than 600 species of butterflies, birds, insects (including lizards and salamanders, etc…).

At this point, I am delighted and at the same time apprehensive to discover in January 2020 the Hambach forest in North Rhine-Westphalia, which is in danger of being deforested at the end of 2020 in order to exploit a coal mine there.

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