The pays life

The living environment
The landscapes and terroirs
The local economy
The services to the population
The community life


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Pays Loire Val d’Aubois
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The landscapes and terroirs
A first glimpse of the Pays Loire Val d’Aubois tells that this territory is profoundly rural and has a low population density. In this preserved, peaceful countryside, there is a diversity of landscapes.
The landscapes of the Champagne Berrichonne
These are large-scale farming landscapes, with far horizons and scattered woods. Due to the slight undulations in the landform, the mosaic of colours and textures associated with crop rotation are hardly seen.
The landscapes of the Champagne Humide
These are mixed farming and livestock breeding landscapes which tend to open out. In the recent years, many meadows have been converted to arable land. In small valleys, livestock is maintained because of the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) zoning for the Crottin de Chavignol.
The landscapes of the Vallée de Germigny
These are landscapes with small hills formed by the River Aubois and its tributaries, with a balance of mixed farming and livestock breeding. The landscapes of the Vallée de Germigny offer a diversity of ambiences and correspond to the “landscapes which French people prefer”, i.e. peaceful, planted and inhabited landscapes.
The forest landscapes
There is a wide stretch of forest across the greatest length of the territory. It marks the limits between landscape units and is characterized by a diversity of ambiences associated with the species of trees and the methods of management of the plots of forest land.
The landscapes of the Val de Loire
The landscapes of the Loire valley are strongly marked by the presence of the river and its “wild and natural” character, the breadth of its valley, its dykes, and its lateral canal.
The landscapes of the Val d’Allier
The landscapes of the Val d’Allier are mostly fields enclosed by low trimmed hedges with talls trees. The landscape is delineated by the hedgerows and punctuated by the trees.
The built landscapes
These are landscapes marked by the strong presence of high-quality traditional buildings. Barns with porch roofs, mansions, castles, industrial buildings… abound in the territory.

From an environmental point of view, the Pays Loire Val d’Aubois has interesting assets (natural, building, cultural heritage...) with some of them receiving specific attention, including :

  • The Val de Loire nature reserve
  • The bird conservation area (ZICO)
  • The Natura 2000 special protection area (ZPS)
  • The natural areas of ecological interest for their flora and fauna (ZNIEFFs)
  • The protection of historic buildings and natural monuments