THE NATURAL WONDERS OF THE PYRENEES
Bearded Vulture: Copyright Albert Froneman, February 15, 2014. See more: The Maloti-Drakensberg Vulture Project. Eagle Owl: Lesley Kirk, Southern Comfort Photography.
Pyrenees Nature Guides & Accommodation.
- We can help you create a programme of self-guided or accompanied field trips and the best locations for observations.
- We can provide self-catering or B&B accommodation.
- Contacts for recommended Professional Mountain Guides.
In an area fortunate to be brimming with diverse wildlife, clearly it is impossible to study in detail all the forms of fauna and flora. We do, however, take an active interest in Pyrenees wildlife issues. Our main area of interest is in birds, vultures in particular. We are members of the Ariege Naturalist Association which provides an excellent source of information, observations plus many activities, 'days of discovery' etc.
With our close friends & neighbours at L'Oustal Chambres d'Hotes, Ruud & Ena, we have created a hide for observing Bee-eaters, installed many nesting boxes, including for owls one of which has a camera. We also use a tracking camera in the local woodland. We have an ever-increasing list of orchid sites within the Aude and the Ariege departments. We also have contact with experts in a number of specialist fields so please do contact us if you have any questions?
The Ariege is a naturalist's paradise. Part wilderness and the rest predominantly land & forests farmed and managed with traditional methods, results in a huge diversity & volume of wildlife. The European Brown Bear, Pyrenees Desman, Bearded & Egyptian Vultures, Salamanders, Otters and Bee-eaters are just a few of the amazing, colourful & fascinating species to be found here. There is a constant movement of birds, a real internation hub of arrivals & departures through the changing seasons. Spring sees the return of the exotic: Hoopoe & Golden Orioles and later Rollers. Autumn is a superhighway of birds seeking the warm African sun. Winter brings it's own surprises; 250+ Red Kites roosting together, Black-winged Kites and Long-eared Owl groups. Butterflies teem in the Spring & Summer and are observed well into winter. Carpets of orchids are found in many pastures.
We have a specific interest in Vultures, observation & conservation.
Owing to small scale, generally more organic-style farming, insects, butterflies & wildflowers (orchids in particular) flourish in the Ariege.
We are in the distribution of many Mediterranean birds, flowers & insects.