Whilst planning your competitively priced move to Switzerland, you will doubtless be looking forward to skiing the snow capped mountains of the Alps, enjoying the après ski, and sampling some of that fine Swiss chocolate.
Nature reserves might not be at the top of your agenda, but if you do love nature and wildlife, the country has some wonderful reserves which are well worth a visit. Once you’ve settled in and your household removals from the UK to Switzerland are complete, take a good look at your surroundings; there is bound to be a reserve near you with flora and fauna of the type that you just don’t get in the UK.
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Great Nature Reserves and Nature Parks in Switzerland
The Swiss National Park – Graubunden
If you are moving to Zuoz in Graubunden, you are just a stone’s throw from the Swiss National Park, the only national park in Switzerland. Its 80 km network of hiking trails is just begging to be explored, but it’s important you stick to the routes marked out. This is a nature reserve in its truest sense: native animals roam free here and have grown accustomed to not being disturbed. Here you might see red deer, chamois and ibex, fox, marmot and mountain hare. If you look skywards, you could catch a glimpse of a bearded vulture, a nutcracker, or even a golden eagle.
The Pierreuse Nature Reserve - Chateau-d’Oex
This is another great place for flora and fauna. Here you might see ibex, chamois, marmots, three-toed woodpeckers, owls, royal eagles (AKA golden eagles), lynx and black grouse. If you do see a lynx though, go easy as it is one of Switzerland’s top 5 predators. The sub-Alpine vegetation and Alpine meadow flora of the region provide the perfect ingredients to cattle, whose milk is used in the production of the rich and floral Etivas cheese. Since 1958, Pro Natura, Switzerland’s largest nature conservation organisation, has been responsible for looking after the area. The organisation also oversees the conservation activities in around 600 other Swiss nature reserves.
La Sauge Nature Centre - Cudrefin
Think La Suage, think RSPB headquarters in Sandy, Bedfordshire. It’s much the same thing, only in Switzerland. At La Suage, on the banks of the Broye Canal, visitors can learn about the organisation’s conservation efforts and see at first-hand how they have created new living habitats. The centre and its surrounding grounds, which includes flower meadows, hedgerows, dry stone walls and ponds, was created on former farmland and now welcomes thousands of visitors every year. There are nature trails and hides (just like in Sandy), so you can get up close to the wild animals and birds without disturbing them, and the centre also offers professionally guided tours.
The Gruyère Pays-d'Enhau Nature Park - Fribourg
The Gruyère Pays-d'Enhau is not just a nature park, it’s an adventure waiting to happen. Situated in the cantons of Fribourg and Vaud, it offers a wide valley basin landscape as well as Alpine pastures, forests, meadows and grasslands, rock faces and fields of scree. As the name suggests, cheese making is central to commerce in the area with Gruyère, L'Etivaz and Vacherin all coming from around here. Modernity has struck, but the slated Alpine barns and stables, historic buildings, the old stone and wooden bridges which still cross the rivers, all tell the story of what life was like in times past.
La Grande Cariçaie - Champ-Pittet
The Grande Cariçaie is a world heritage nature reserve and Switzerland’s natural pride and joy. Stretching along the entire southern shore of Lake Neuchâtel, The Grande Cariçaie is actually made up of eight separate nature reserves and is home to around 800 plant and 10,000 animal species. With shallow zones, marshes and large forested areas, it’s little wonder the animals, birdlife and flora love it so much. Here, for them is protection on a grand scale and they make the most of it.
Parc Ela – Graubunden
This nature park, not to be confused with Switzerland’s only National Park also in Graubunden, contains many traditional villages, which very deliberately retain their rustic charm, unaffected by modern human advancement. Parc Ela concerns itself as much with protecting the rural lifestyle enjoyed by its villagers, as it does with the protection of its native wildlife. This is a land of untouched nature and unspoiled lifestyle. Think more, horse and cart than horsepower. The area contains many alpine lakes, old fortresses and castles, and is home to more than 2,000 species of animal and plant life.
The Grangettes Nature Reserve - Noville
This nature reserve, located on the former course of the Rhone is now a twitcher’s delight. The planting of poplars and pines and the creation of artificial lakes has led to it attracting Great Crested Grebe, Mute Swan, Red Crested Pochard, Coot and the Eurasian Reed-Warbler as well as Egret and Kingfisher. The Grangettes is not just about bird watching though; there is also a fabulous but quite strenuous two-hour hike, which takes you along the banks of the Rhone. If you don’t fancy walking, but still want to see the sights, you could always go by boat and train.
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