Resources

A list of publications and organisations that can help if you want to learn about wildlife in the Touraine Loire Valley.

L'Association de Botanique et de Mycologie de Sainte Maure de Touraine: This small, friendly and expert group hold regular outings in the Touraine Loire Valley and welcome new members. €16 for a single annual membership or attend outings as a non-member for €3 per outing. Contact Susan for more details (I can be contacted by email via my profile on the right side bar).

Members of the Association de Botanique et de Mycologie de Sainte Maure de Touraine surrounding a small, rare specimen of Annual Woundwort Stachys annua on an outing near Panzoult.
Members of the Association de Botanique et de Mycologie de Sainte Maure de Touraine check out a Military Orchid Orchis militaris on a roadside bank in the Claise Valley. Military Orchids are rare, but there are two small colonies in the Claise Valley, both on roadside banks.

Christian Delusseau, President of the Association, carefully takes a moss sample at the lavoir (old public laundry) in Sainte Maure de Touraine.
A basket of edible mushrooms gathered on a fungi foray with the Association. The mushrooms are mostly Wood Blewit Clitocybe nuda, with a Bolet des Charmes (='Hornbeam Bolete') Leccinum carpini.
A crowd gathers around the fungi gathered on an fungi foray in the Forest of Loches. Expert members of the club will go through these and identify all of them.
The weather doesn't always co-operate on outings, but the members of the Association persevere.
The club's name may be 'Botany and Mycology' but that doesn't mean other orders are ignored. Here a remarkably relaxed Scarce Swallowtail Iphiclides podalirius poses for photos on the Puys du Chinonais.

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