Why choose Birding Languedoc?

 

> As Languedoc specialists we can help you see more birds on “our patch”

Birding Languedoc is a small team based in the Languedoc area of southern France (see  below for more info on our team members!).
BL is part of not-for-profit organisation  La Nature du Sud, which is dedicated to promoting and protecting the local birds and wildlife.
To help you explore the area and have a better birdwatching experience on your own, we provide the following services:

> Our unique combination of local guides and English speaking tour leaders!

  • Most tour operators take their own UK based guides with them. We think that it is much better to use local guides!
  • We work with the best local guides who all have extensive  birding experience in the Languedoc and their finger on the pulse for the latest information
  • Our English speaking tour leaders are passionate birders who live locally

> Our focus on customer service

We want to help!  Our focus is on helping you to enjoy the amazing wildlife in the Languedoc.
So if you have a question about getting here,  what to bring, vegetarian meals, the best time of year to see migration, or about organising a trip for your club or a group of friends, just ask us and we will do our best to help!

> Our interest in contributing to the local economy

A very rural area,  with wine production and tourism the two major sources of income. Tourism however has been been very focussed on beach / coastal attractions. We believe that nature tourism can contribute to the local economy as a sustainable form of tourism using existing infrastructure.

> And of course, for our commitment to the local wildlife

100% of our “profits” are channelled back into local projects – to help improve the knowledge and understanding of local wildlife.

As a team, we can help you discover one of the most exciting new birding destinations in Europe!

Meet our team members below!

Philippa Benson - Birding Languedoc

Philippa Benson - Birding Languedoc

Founder/Tour Leader – English, French & Spanish

Like many Brits, I have a keen interest in natural history and will never tire of learning about the amazing birds and wildlife of the Languedoc. Resident in this lovely area for over 15 years, I now have a good working knowledge of where the best spots are for birds, flowers and other species and I enjoy sharing these with interested visitors.
My background in project management and hospitality combined with being fully bilingual are useful skills for organising and hosting tours, and I have a particular focus on customer service!

Karline Martorell - Independent Guide

Karline Martorell - Independent Guide

Local Expert Bird Guide – French, English & Esperanto

Drawn to wildlife conservation from very young, Karline studied Biodiversity Analysis and Surveying Techniques. She continues to be an active naturalist, with a particular interest in birds, reptiles and amphibians. Particularly passionate about birds, Karline volunteers for migration counting and bird ringing. A few wildlife trips abroad have helped widen her knowledge base and she currently works for a consultancy firm specialised in ecological impact studies, doing surveys of birdlife and herpetology.

Sébastien Roques - Independant Guide

Sébastien Roques - Independant Guide

Local Expert Bird Guide – French & English

Sébastien is an excellent birder and who knows the area well. Passionate about nature since childhood thanks to numerous stays in the Pyrenees, he then continued his studies in ecology with a degree in population biology and a master’s degree in biostatistics and ecological modeling. Having done a lot of fieldwork, especially in his beloved Mediterranean region but also when travelling abroad, Sébastien is currently working on a PhD thesis on the behaviour of passerines during migratory stopover. Through non-profit organisation Med Migration, he is keen to contribute to bird migration monitoring in the Mediterranean region including locally on the Leucate headland.

Dominique Clément - Aude Nature

Dominique Clément - Aude Nature

Local Expert Bird Guide – French, German & Spanish

Dominique Clément has been bird watching for over 40 years. His extensive experience of all the species that can be seen in the Languedoc, where he has lived for nearly 30 years, make him one of the best birders in the region. A migration specialist, he has a particular interest in shore birds and raptors. Dominique set up the wildlife society Aude Nature and has been involved in the environmental management sector for many years.

Quentin Giraudon - G.O.R

Quentin Giraudon - G.O.R

Local Expert Bird Guide – French & English

Quentin is the bird guide for the local biodiversity protection society the Groupe Ornithologique du Roussillon (G.O.R.). With a master’s degree in ecology and a strong attachment to the local traditional landscapes and their rich biodiversity, working for the GOR really makes senses for Quentin. “I’m really happy to share my experience with passionate people”.

Jérémy Jalabert - Independent Guide

Jérémy Jalabert - Independent Guide

Local Reptile Specialist – French & English

Passionate about nature from very early childhood, Jérémy became interested in snakes from the age of 4! Together with his post-graduate studies in environmental management he has worked for the last 9 years in amphibian and reptile conservation. He is currently employed with an environmental consultancy firm carrying out surveys of amphibians and reptiles, but is also a regular birdwatcher. Jérémy is convinced that nature conservation depends on a better understanding of species and sharing our knowledge to increase public awareness of our amazing biodiversity.

Aurélien Gaunet - G.O.R

Aurélien Gaunet - G.O.R

Local Butterfly Specialist – French & English

Aurélien is a butterfly guide for the local biodiversity protection society le Groupe Ornithologique du Roussillon (G.O.R.). He has a master’s degree in Biodiversity and Ecology. Fascinated by butterflies, he is a member of the Butterfly Diversity and Evolution Laboratory team (Barcelona).

Tony Williams - Independent Guide

Tony Williams - Independent Guide

Guest Tour Guide – English & French

Tony Williams has lived in France for over 30 years and as director of the LPO Brenne he has been instrumental in developing nature tourism in central France over the past 25 years. Tony’s extensive knowledge and his knack of making beginners and experts alike feel comfortable, has made him a highly popular leader with a number of British tour operators. This invaluable experience leading tours and his willingness to share it have been much appreciated in developing the Birding Languedoc tours.

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