«Les Dombes» is a plateau in the Ain department north-east of Lyon and south-west of Bourg-en-Bresse, centred around Villars-les-Dombes, Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne and Marlieux.
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At about 300 metres above sea level the Dombes plateau is an extensive flat area (more than 500km²) covered with small lakes and villages and a substantial number of historical buildings and castles. It's a unique place in France.
The region is well known for bird-watching and fishing. The enormous birdlife diversity of apparently more than 130 species of bird live here. More than 1,000 lakes are man made, mostly dug by monks who wanted to use the clay (the French word étang better describes these ponds as it reflects the man-made origin).