Winter is not all misery; we have had some fine days snowshoeing, but suddenly the days are longer, the birds sing in the morning, snow drops push through the melting snow and there is real warmth in the sun on your face. Spring has arrived in the Pyrenees. The first orchids are flowering. The Black Kites have returned. The swallows are a few days away.
The coming weeks are very exciting. We await the Bee-eaters, Hoopoe and Golden Orioles. The mass of orchids and other wild flowers will adorn the fields from late april. The summer raptors will appear; the magnificent Short-toed Eagle and the yellow-faced Egytian Vulture will once more been seen circling in the blue skies.
The snows will gradually melt giving access to the higher passes and peaks. The great bustle of Nature will return but the Ariege remains calm, unspoilt. The heady, busier days of August are still long off.
There are more and more cheap flight options to the Ariege & Occitanie, particularly to Toulouse. Come to see for yourself the magic that Nature has to offer.