An area of mainly dry calcareous grassland with sclerophyllous scrub, and old orchards. The main land-uses are extensive traditional sheep-farming; and growing almonds and olives.
This is the only large semi-arid plain in France, and supports important populations of typical steppe breeding species.
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Crau. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/11/2020.