Birdwatching & Wildlife Tours
in Mediterranean France
Birding Languedoc offers the only locally run guided tours to the Languedoc
with expert resident guides and English speaking tour leaders.
Scroll down for a summary of our tours and links to each tour page…
All our trips are sold through a fully-bonded inbound tour operator.
Fully bonded inbound tour operator
Birding Languedoc is pleased to partner with inbound travel agency L’Authentic France, who are licenced by the French Tourism board to sell all-inclusive tours. By booking a tour through Birding Languedoc with L’Authentic France, your money is safe and your rights are protected!
You will only be asked to pay a deposit when a trip is confirmed. At this point, you may choose to pay in full. This will allow you to avoid any increase in the cost of the trip to you caused by fluctuations in the exchange rate.
Great birding all year round…
The extensive range of resident Mediterranean species is complemented by the colourful nesting summer visitors that arrive from Africa each spring. With several excellent spots for migration watching, the Languedoc offers great birding all year round. Nearly 40% of all the Western Palearctic species have been observed here, offering some of the best birdwatching in France!
Resident species include:
Bonelli’s eagle, Golden eagle, Eagle owl, Crag martin, Blue rock thrush, Sardinian warbler, Dartford warbler, Moustached warbler, Zitting cisticola, Thekla lark, Crested lark, Crested tit, Cirl bunting, Rock bunting, Black redstart, European serin, Short-toed treecreeper, Iberian grey shrike, Spotless starling, Purple swamphen, Greater flamingo, Glossy ibis, Slender-billed gull, Kentish plover…
On migration/summer visitors:
Black & White stork, Short-toed & Booted eagle, Honey buzzard, Black kite, Lesser kestrel, European bee-eater, Hoopoe, European roller, Golden oriole, Great spotted cuckoo, Yellow wagtail (sbsp iberiae), Subalpine warbler, Orphean warbler, Spectacled warbler, Ortolan bunting, Calandra lark, Greater short-toed lark, Red-rumped swallow, Alpine swift, Pallid swift, Black-winged stilt, Caspian tern, Gull-billed tern, Whiskered tern, …
What to expect on one of our trips…
Our trips are relaxed but focussed, with tour leaders and guides keen to make sure that each participant gets the most out of each trip – whatever your level of experience as a birder! Each day we follow roughly the same format unless specified otherwise in the tour details. As with all wildlife trips we want to make the most of the weather and will take advantage of surprise opportunities, adjusting the programme where appropriate to your advantage.
• Birdwatching before breakfast is available for early risers, with plenty to see around the accommodation
• Breakfast is usually served from 7:15am-8am
• We set off for the day in the minibus at about 8:15am
• A coffee stop is planned every day mid-morning
• A scrumptious picnic lunch is enjoyed somewhere en-route
• We may make an afternoon pit stop
• Return to our accommodation for 6pm (or at least 1 hour before drinks)
• An apéritif is served at approx. 7-7:30pm while we run through check list of birds seen during the day
• A three course dinner including wine is served at about 7:45pm
• After dinner birding may include a trip to see Eagle owl or Tengmalm’s owl
• No strenuous walking is required on any of our trips but sturdy walking shoes are recommended
Weekends and Short Birding Breaks
Friday 26th Feb to Monday 1st March 2021 From 690€ per person
A winter weekend looking for Wallcreeper, Alpine accentor and species that overwinter at lower altitudes, as well as resident Bonelli’s eagle and Iberian shrike, as well as recently returned Great spotted cuckoo plus plenty more species.
Monday 19th to Friday 23rd April 2021 From 870€ per person
April sees many of the summer nesting visitors return to the Corbières and nearby coastal lagoons. We will also be visiting a good migration spot.
We are thrilled to confirm that Dominic Couzens will be a guest guide on this trip!
One Week Tours
Tuesday 13th to Tuesday 20th July 2021 From 1620€ per person
The French Eastern Pyrenees are home to a remarkable number of butterflies, with over 150 species recorded in the area. We are hoping to see 75-100 species (possibly more!) during the trip.
Monday 6th to Monday 13th September 2021 From 1620€ per person
This twin-base trip covers the mountain birds of the Pyrenees and the coastal species of the Narbonnaise, with migration in full swing in both locations. A very wide range of species can be seen on this trip!