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Faunus Eco Holidays

  • Share the Pyrenees with the amazing bone breaker! All you have to do is get here! Accommodation, meals, transportation and tours all included. Discover a diverse range of birds and amazing wildlife including the rare Bearded Vulture in the spectacular Pyrenees of the Ariege, France. All bookings help towards conservation For more information visit

Beautiful woodland  walks from the garden

Birdwatching gite in south west Brittany

  • Rent a picturesque villa, Sleeps 2-10, open fireplace, beautiful woodlands, garden, stream, pool, games room. Good birdwatching. Long walks. Near nature reserves. Easy access to coast. close to village. Seasonal discounts! Visit

Corsica August 2012

  • Although I have been to Corsica before and saw most endemics like Corsican Nuthatch and Corsican Finch, I still missed the endemic race of Treecreeper (corsa) that could be evaluated to a full species in the future...Eric Alblas reports.

La Clusaz, French Alps 23rd August-1st September 2011

  • In La Clusaz itself, House Martins, Black Redstart, White Wagtail, Greenfinch and Goldfinch were common, Crag Martins appeared to be nesting on the Church spire in the centre of the village.  On the Beauregard Plateau a Nutcracker was seen on two occasions....Bob Shiret reports.

Île d'Ouessant 7th - 12th & 14th - 19th October 2010

  • With a few birders about, we get word of “un oiseau Americain avec yeux rouges”, and so we make a bee line for La Chapelle de Notre Dame de Bon Voyage, an ironic location as this bird has just crossed the Atlantic from North America!...Chris Hall reports.

Marais Poitevin, France. 7th August to 21st August, 2010

  • An early start ensured we were sat in the car on a tiny side road just before first light. With the windows down we quickly identified two Quail calling. As the light improved we could make out quite a few birds flying in the surrounding fields - landing and taking off - Montagu's Harriers were plentiful...Clive and Jack Oldham report.

Corsica 2nd - 9th May 2010

  • An afternoon stroll at the Etang de Biguglia, where this huge lagoon meets the sea, netted hundreds of Swallows, 21 Bee-eaters in the same tree, a dozen Marsh Harriers overhead and a fall of Yellow Wagtails including flava, thunbergi and cinereocapilla races..Chris Hall reports.

Vendėe and Charente Maritime 14th to 29th August August 2009

  • A family holiday on the Atlantic Coast of France provided some excellent birding opportunities at a fairly leisurely pace....Geoff Dicker reports

The Camargue 11th-18th March, 2008

  • On our way ‘home’ for more exquisite cuisine, we revisit the domain of ‘Le Grand-duc’ and at 6.35pm he starts calling. This time our luck is in and we have him in our scopes, calling from the rocks above, but better still, he glides towards us and lands on a closer perch....Chris Hall reports.

La Brenne National Park, France June 2007

  • La Brenne contains a mixture of species that are familiar in the UK, and others that would set off a twitch. Red-backed Shrike, Melodious Warbler, Whiskered Tern and Purple Heron proved to be common and widespread....Steve Newman reports.

Provence, Southern France 18th. – 21st. June 2007

  • Here was my 1st. tick of the trip a Stone Curlew flushed from almost under my feet the site also held a few Cetti’s Warblers lots of House Sparrows...Séamus Feeney reports

Corsica and Sardinia 16th-27th May 2007

  • It is not the sheer number of bird species that draws a birder's attention to Corsica. It is rather species poor, but it is blessed with many interesting endemic subspecies and two of the very few true European endemics, the Corsican Nuthatch and Corsican Finch....Jan Vermeulen reports

Corsica and Sardinia 22nd-25th March 2006

  • Up 6.30 am to get the 7.30am ferry to Corsica. By the harbour we found Spannish Sparrows and many Yellow-legged Gulls. As we left the sheltered inlet at Santa Teresa we saw several Mediterranean Shearwaters, a few Cory’s Shearwaters and a European Shag...Bob Swann reports

Provence, Southern France Feb 24th - March 3rd 2006

  • A team of three spent a week in Provence based at La Barben east of Salen seeking the winter specialities of the area whilst still finding time for sampling the local food & culture. A gentle approach was taken but still most key birds seen...Mike Robinson reports.

Camargue France 5th to 15th October 2004

  • After reading a few trip reports for the Camargue, we decided to try early October. We knew we should be happy seeing large numbers of Greater Flamingos...Ron and Val Moat report.  

Charente-Maritime, France 22nd July - 6th August 2004

  • First two days stayed on Ile de Re staying at Rivedoux Plage, plenty of birds in the sea, flying past and on the shore with plenty of Little Egrets present.  We did go to The Lilleau des Niges Nature Reserve that is at the far end of the island.  There is a visitor centre there but no hides or map but they do speak English....Les Hull reports
Collared Pratincole

The Ebro Delta, Spain and the Ile de Re, France May 2004

  • During May we made a trip to France and northeast Spain, partly business, partly birding; there was no rigid birding itinerary. The Ebro Delta was the only site we had definitely planned to visit. In the event, we managed to squeeze in a fair amount of birding, including a few days at the Ile de Re, a large island in the Bay of Biscay...Nick Ransdale reports

Camargue, Les Apilles & Le Crau, France 12th March - 15th March 2004

  • We followed the eastern shore of Étang du Vaccarès to La Capelière stopping several times for interesting pools and one turned up a Slender-billed Gull, adult-winter feeding in a shallow roadside pool...David Arch reports

alpine accentor

Provence 10th – 16th January 2004

  • This clifftop village of Les Baux is an excellent winter site for a number of Montane species. We observed two Wallcreepers here. The scrub at the base of the cliff and the nearby gardens held a number of Sardinian Warblers, Serin, Blackcap, Siskin and Crested Tit....Jez Robson reports.

Wall Creeper

Southern France in winter: Alpilles, Camargue, Crau and Nice Feb '03

  • The trip potentially presented me with five new Western Palearctic birds: Wallcreeper, Greater Spotted Eagle, Long-legged Buzzard, Yelkouan Shearwater and Indian Silverbill. All these were seen along with some other excellent too! Chris Batty reports

Cross Channel Birding (Updated)

  • The Calais/Boulogne area harbours some very interesting species and has superb birding sites (despite many areas being heavily shot over). For birders based in south-east England the area makes a very good day trip, but a long weekend is really needed to explore all the sites mentioned. Visiting two or three sites in one day is usually quite enough.....John Cantelo reports.

Where to see the birds of Vaucluse

  • The Vaucluse is a small département in the South East of France. The main town, Avignon, is at the Rhône-Durance confluence. This two valleys are very important for bird life as Ventoux and Luberon mountains....Georges Olioso

Mousterlin, Brittany 31 Aug– 6 Sept 2002

  • This was not meant to be a birding holiday. I let my wife choose the place and just tagged along meekly ("No, dear, this is your break: I'm honestly not bothered about the birds.") Unwittingly, she picked somewhere right on the doorstep of a nature reserve..Jason Smart reports.

Central France July 2002

  • This year's family summer holiday was 2 weeks early in July spent at a gite in the small French village of Mandegault. This is in the Deux-Sevres region about 50 miles south of Poitiers and a similar distance east of La Rochelle. It is a very agricultural area with arable crops of sunflower, rape and grain being the principal products. There were a few cattle and sheep but not many round the village...Mike Millar reports

Beaucoup de Herons and Funny Pheasants, Bassoles-Aulers & Maresquel August 2001

  • Our family holiday this summer was a two-centre holiday in Northern France. Although not essentially a birding trip I planned to do what I could. As it turned out I amassed a list of over 100 species, plus some new butterflies and a few mammals. The first week we were based in Bassoles-Aulers in Aisne province and the second week was based at Maresquel in Pas-de-Calais province...Mike King reports.

Corsica and the Camague 28th May– 3rd June 2001

  • At the Asco Valley ski area Citril Finches  displayed but it wasn't until 17:00 hrs that a Lammergeier was spotted flying across the valley.  Just before the ski area were some pines, one of which had the number 13 on it.  Here two Corsican Nuthatches, (an adult and a juvenile) allowed exceptionally close views...Jean Roberts reports

Atlantic Coast of France, Charente Maritime Spring 2001

  • The area is definitely well worth a trip, probably at any time of the year and whether you are birding seriously or just casually. The area is potentially very good for ‘finding your own stuff’ (actually that’s probably the only way to do it!). Not far away, there are summering Little Bustards and Stone Curlews, whilst in recent years rarities have been turning up in spring and autumn (mainly waders, but I am absolutely sure autumn passerine migration could be very good)....Daryl Rhymes reports. 

Calaise region May 2000

  • This morning I made a very early start and set out to find Le Marais des Guines, a small reserve which was quite difficult to find, but well worth the trouble...The reserve was Warbler Central, almost all the common ones were singing, and it didn't take me too long to locate three uncommon ones as well....Mike King (The Gloster Birder) reports

La Brenne

  • The Region of Brenne, also called "la Région des 1000 étangs / the region of the 1000 ponds" is little known by tourists but very liked by birds (and ornithologists) because of the quietness of the landscape, the multitude of biotopes (hedgerows, moorland, woods, fields) and the presence of so many ponds / lakes....Ivan Steenkiste reports. Excellent photography.

Western Loire May 1999

  • I walked up to the railway line above the farm. Here I could hear an unfamiliar birdsong but I could not see the bird. After waiting for a few minutes I saw a bird plunging from the depths of one bush into the next. I could see that it was a warbler. I suspected that it was Melodious Warbler....Mike King reports

Brittany May 1998

  • I always love the first birding sortie of a holiday, so I got up early and slipped out quietly to explore the surrounding countryside. I walked a longish circular route around the holiday camp. The birds were plentiful but mostly common. More notable ones included a male Bullfinch, two Green Woodpeckers, two Jays, two Nuthatches and a family party of Stonechats, male, female and four juveniles...Mike King reports

Spain and France May 13-27, 2000

  • Phil Cruttenden and companion called in at several sites in France on their way back from Spain. La Brenne, Fontainebleau and Calaise were among the sites visited

Vendee June '97

  • We stopped in a Gite in a little village called Chevrette ..... It is situated between Lucon and Fontenay le Comte. To the north of the village, the land is intensively farmed with Arable crops. The land is quite undulating and reminded me of farmland up on the Yorkshire Wolds...Derek Cooper reports

Charente Maritime Easter '95


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Collins Bird Guide
Lars Svensson et al: Buy from or

  • Described by some as the best field guide in the world, and 15 years in the making. Has it been Worth the Wait?...Yes definately! If you buy just 1 book a year then make sure that its this one. Stunning drawings by the worlds finest bird illustrators..and it shows..check out the plates on tern, Skuas, and the Ducks...not forgetting the Finches and Crossbills.

Where to Watch Birds in France (Where to Watch Birds)
Phillip de Dubois:Buy from

  • This guide to birdwatching in France recommends the best bird watching sites ranging from shorelines to woodland. Information is given on the various habitats of each of the 297 sites - with 120 sites containing an itinerary cross-referenced to the text.

Birdwatching Guide to France: South of the Loire Including Corsica
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Lonely Planet: France
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  • This is a perfect accompaniment for anyone travelling or even living in France. I used it on many occasions and would have been stuck without it. Handy maps and accommodation details set it apart from other guides, and its authors are honest and give you their true opinions. Put it in your bag with your baguette and you've got all you need!

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