A remarkable fauna and flora
The exposure, the altitude and the influences of the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea give unique characteristics to this territory located between Haute-Provence, the Préalpes d’Azur and the Mercantour massif. Three nationally protected plant species, as well as ten endemic species or species of great heritage interest, thrive in the Gorges du Daluis. At the end of spring, Saxifraga callosas, a flower species, bloom on the cliffs.
The difference in altitude between the bottom of the gorges and the top of the cliffs, as well as the variable amount of sunshine between the south and north-facing slopes, have made it possible for several species of vegetation to develop. Several endemic species have found refuge in this protected ecosystem, such as the Hydromantes strinatii, an amphibian animal.
There are many cavities in the subsoil. Caves shaped by water are located next to mines, caves or tunnels dug by men in search of mineralogical riches. Today they are home to 25 different species of bats. In the sky, the golden eagle shares its kingdom with other birds of prey such as the peregrine falcon, the short-toed snake eagle or the grand Eurasian eagle-owl. You can also observe other birds: wallcreepers, rock partridges, black grouses…