Bocage is typically found in poorly drained places with poor soil. It is primarily grazing land, especially for sheep, but also cattle (both dairy and beef) and horses. The easy availability of water is an advantage because the stock need to drink, and the grass grows lush.
Areas like the Brenne and the Véron (the triangle west of Chinon to the confluence of the Vienne and the Loire) still have significant bocage habitat, but it is one of the fastest disappearing traditional landscapes and habitats -- small fields and poor drainage don't suit modern agricultural systems.
|Limousin bulls, a beef breed, in a typical bocage style field, Angles sur l'Anglin, October.|
|Sheep and Lady Orchids Orchis purpurea share the bocage on the Chateau de Boussay estate, May.|