Forêt de Bouconne
|Forêt de Bouconne|
Paths in the Forêt de Bouconne
|Location||Gers and Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées, France|
|Area||27 km2 (10 sq mi)|
|Governing body||National Forests Office|
|Dominant tree species||Quercus petraea, Pine, Sweet Chestnut|
|Fauna||wild Boar, Roe Deer|
The Forêt de Bouconne is located in southwest France, on the border of the departments of Gers and Haute-Garonne about thirty kilometres west of Toulouse. The forest has an area of 27 km2 (10 sq mi) and is managed primarily by the National Forests Office (2Okm2). It also includes privately owned woods and woods belonging to the local communes of L'Isle-Jourdain, Lévignac-sur-Save, Montaigut-sur-Save. It is the only large forest near Toulouse. It hosts a leisure centre and outdoor recreation areas.
The Forêt de Bouconne is traversed by many paths used by walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders.
Up until the Middle Ages, the forest extended much further than its present boundaries. To the south it reached the Forêt de Fabas and the Forêt de Mauboussin near Esparron., still-existing fragments of the once much larger forest.
Fauna and flora
The dominant tree species in the forest are Sessile Oak, Pine and Sweet Chestnut. Among the other trees present are Pedunculate Oak, Cork Oak, Alder, Hornbeam, Lime, Service Tree, Ash, Nordmann Fir, Red Oak and Scots Pine.
- Ourliac Paul Les villages de la région toulousaine au XIIe siècle (in French) Annales. Économies, Sociétés, Civilisations. 4e année, N. 3, 1949. pp. 268-277, accessed on 21 February 2010
- See the Official Website of the Syndicat Mixte pour l'Aménagement de la Forêt de Bouconne.
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