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The national Park of the Camargue: pictures, description (Parc naturel regional de Camargue)

The national Park of the Camargue is in the South of France in the Western part of the region Provence - Alpes - Cote d'azur. It was created on 25 September 1970. The purpose of its creation was the protection of salt marshes of the area - the Delta of the river rhône and the surrounding Maritime areas.

The Park covers an area of 857 square miles, of which 343 have on the marine territory. The maximum height above sea level reaches 4 meters. Nature, represented mainly by salt marshes, reed swamps, steppes, sandy beaches with lagoons and dunes, overgrown with forest zhestkolistnye. Nest here to 300 different species of birds, among which the most famous terns, herons and bittern. Moreover, the Camargue is the only place in Europe where in natural conditions live famous pink flamingos - an amazing beauty of creation.

The Park also includes a large lake Vaccares located in the Delta of the Rhone river. It is a fundamental element of the whole water system of the region. There is also live flamingos and other rare birds. Its area is 65 square kilometers and the depth reaches two meters.

The Park is inhabited, moreover, the number of local residents is 7 and a half thousand people. Its population predominantly engaged in agriculture - mostly they grow rice and breed bulls and horses. Here is also common fishery, and this area is famous for its production of salt. In addition, currently more and more tourists visit this picturesque and interesting place, and because many locals are involved in this sphere of activity. It is known that every year, the Camargue is visited by over 80 thousand tourists. And recently, in the former sheepfold at the bridge was a Museum of the Camargue, where the objects of everyday life, it is a typical inhabitant of the nineteenth century, and the history of the formation of the Delta of the Rhone river.

Since 1997 the Park is under UNESCO protection.