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, Philippa has a keen interest in nature and is always curious to learn more about the amazing birds and wildlife of the Languedoc. Resident in this unspoilt area for over 15 years, she has a good working knowledge of where the best spots are for birds, flowers and other species and enjoys sharing these with interested visitors.
Her background in project management and hospitality combined with being fully bilingual are useful skills for organising and hosting tours, and Philippa has a particular focus on customer service!

Karline Martorell - Independent Guide

Karline Martorell - Independent Guide

Local ornithologist and bird guide - French, English & Esperanto

Drawn to wildlife conservation from a very young age, Karline then studied Biodiversity Analysis and Surveying Techniques. She is an active naturalist, with a focus on birds, reptiles and amphibians. Particularly passionate about birds, Karline volunteers for migration counting and local bird surveys in her spare time. Wildlife trips abroad have helped widen her knowledge base and she previously spent 5 years working for a consultancy firm specialised in ecological impact studies, carrying out bird and reptile surveys. Karline's highly developed knowledge of bird song and her eagle eyes, mean that we see more birds, reptiles, butterflies and all other wildlife!  

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 was 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.

David Thibault - Independent Guide

David Thibault - Independent Guide

Local butterfly and bird guide - French & English

David started birdwatching in Paris 30 years ago working for a local bird organisation (CORIF). He moved to the Pyrenees-Orientales 20 years ago and spends most of his time looking for butterflies and birds in the area. Currently working for the local biodiversity protection society the Groupe Ornithologique du Roussillon (G.O.R), David has been training along side Aurélien Gaunet - the top butterfly specialist in the Eastern Pyrenees - for the past five years.

Sébastien Roques - Independant Guide

Sébastien Roques - Independant Guide

Local ornithologist and bird guide - French & English

Sébastien is an excellent birder 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  a master's degree in biostatistics and ecological modelling. Having done a lot of fieldwork, especially in his beloved Mediterranean region but also when travelling abroad, Sébastien completed his PhD thesis on the behaviour of passerines during migratory stopover. Through non-profit organisation Med Migration, he organised bird migration monitoring on the Leucate headland from 2020 to 2022.

Quentin Giraudon - Independent Guide

Quentin Giraudon - Independent Guide

Local ornithologist and bird guide - French & English

Quentin completed a master’s degree in ecology and has a strong attachment to the local traditional landscapes and their rich biodiversity. He worked for the local biodiversity protection society the Groupe Ornithologique du Roussillon (G.O.R.) for a number of years and continues to guide independently whilst pursuing other interests: "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).

Dominique Clément - Aude Nature

Dominique Clément - Aude Nature

Local ornithologist and 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.

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