Are there groundhogs in the Park?

The Groundhog is not found on the Park’s territory. Three semi-clandestine introduction operations were carried out in the second half of the 20th century in the Vosges massif. Two of them were carried out in the Park (Hohneck and Grand Ballon sectors) and ended in failure. In contrast, the species appears to have kept itself […]

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What about the Western capercaillie in the Vosges?

The Western capercaillie is a protected species in critical danger of extinction on the Vosges massif. Over the period 2010-2015, the number of Western capercaillie in the Vosges massif is estimated at less than one hundred individuals, and these numbers have continued to fall sharply in recent years. A variety of threats weigh on this […]

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What tree species can be found in the Park?

There are many different tree species in the Park, considering the diversity of physical and ecological climatic conditions. Their composition also reflects the territory’s human history, which has modified the original forest (logging, creation of pastures and meadows, hunting). The Park has 42 different tree species. The main species in terms of volume are: Fir […]

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What are the best places and times of the day to watch the chamois?

Following their introduction in the 1950s, chamois have colonised the entire Vosges range. You can thus come upon them mid-day, at any time during your hike, whatever the trail you have selected. However, the Hohneck Range offers an environment favourable to this species with individuals accustomed to a high visitor numbers and therefore generally less […]

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What species can be observed on the mountain range?

The Ballons des Vosges Regional Natural Park covers a vast territory of more than 2,900 km2. It consists of a mosaic of natural environments that are home to a wide variety of fauna and flora. Out of the most remarkable natural areas are the Vosges forest, which covers 55% of the Park’s surface, the high […]

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