French wildlife group creates nature reserves

Madline Rubin (centre) with Vercors project supporters at the new site

A wildlife association is creating its own nature reserves, saying it has been forced to act because the government is not doing enough.

The latest acquisition by  Aspa (Association pour la protection des animaux sauvages) is a 130-hectare plot in the high hills of the Drôme, bought with €150,000 raised by members.

Hunting, fishing and cutting wood will be forbidden.

It joins five other reserves run by the association, which also has plans for a 490-hectare reserve in the Vercors ...

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