A Personal Guide to Birds of the Ariege-Pyrenees
Black Woodpecker | Bearded Vulture | Bee-eater | Roller | Wallcreeper +
1 hour south of Toulouse. Easy access to Carcassonne & Lourdes.
Mediterranean & high mountain species in one remarkable place
11 years of field trips & walking in the Pyrenees has given me extensive local wildlife knowledge of what to see, where & when. We have access to a 'live' wildlife database that can be used to identify observation locations during your stay.
We specifically offer:
Field trips for specific species tailored to your requirements. Prices on request.
Vulture observation day. A chance to observe Griffon, Bearded and Egyptian vultures, depending on the season. Full day. 4x4 transport plus packed lunch. Prices from 75 Euros per person.
Migration 'superhighway'. A specific location where migratory birds are funnelled through a valley during their crossing of the Pyrenees. Dates & costs on an individual basis via email.
Bee-eater hide. For professional or semi-pro photographers. Purpose-built hide near a local small colony.
Relaxing accommodation in a great birding location.
Spring is exceptional, with the full arrival from mid-April of Golden Oriole, Bee-eaters, Black Kites, Wryneck, etc. Rollers are here for 2 to 3 weeks around mid-August. There is also a fascinating autumn migration from early to mid-Sep. Wallcreeper & Alpine Accentor are seen in lower, accessible locations in mid-winter.
I help with Bearded Vulture conservation & breeding efforts during the winter period. We have a very strong interest in all 3 main vulture species found in the Ariege: Bearded, Griffon & Egyptian (summer only). We also recently observed a Black Vulture in the Ariege, a veritable 'Royal Flush' of Vultures!
We can normally accommodate stays of a short duration, except in July & August when our apartment is only available on weekly lets (changeover Sat). We also have a suite of rooms that are available if the apartment is occupied.
Please do contact me if you have any questions at all about birding in the Ariege or wider Pyrenees? I am glad to help!
If you are interested in any of the 'birding services' we provide, please also use the contact form below.
Hope to see you in the Ariege one day!