France

There are many superb birding locations in France, but there are few which can rival Occitanie for diversity of habitats, number of species and of course the sheer simple pleasures of its food and wine; which you will enjoy under a clear blue Mediterranean sky. Occitanie is a huge region and within it there are 3 distinct climatic zones; the cooler and moist climate to the far west affected by the Atlantic, the majestic mountain climate of the Pyranees and the warm, dry Mediterranean coastline, with its many etangs (inland water bodies) which explode into life during the spring breeding season. It is also a key region for spring and autumn migration for birds from Europe to Africa and this can be particularly spectacular in the months of September and October.

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Gourmet Spring Birding & Wine in the Mediterranean

Spring birdwatching, gourmet food & wine tasting in the Narbonnaise regional park with two expert local guides accompaning a maximum group size of just 6 people. This tour is not for hardcore birders, but for people wanting to combine the pleasure of food, wine and birding in the beautiful warm and sunny region of Occitanie in May 2021.

Allan and Kirsty Blanchard have had a house in the Languedoc (Occitanie) since 2010 and although mammal viewing options in France are still fairly limited in scope – although the Wolves are coming! – there are some spectacular and diverse landscapes for birding and the region has the highest bird count in France. The food and wine in this region are also spectacular, so for our very first ‘wildlife tour’ in France we are promoting this ‘Gourmet Food, Wine and Birding tour’. This tour is suitable for all fitness levels and is definitly not a hardcore birding trip. Instead it is a gentle immersion into the regions various delights, which include spectacular scenery, amazing regional food, stunning wines, historic Cathar castles and some excellent birding. The tour has a lovely bilingual leader, as well as a charming French female birding guide to look after our small group of 6. Anyone looking to extend their stay or take part in activities close to our hearts – Allan (walking and kayaking) and Kirsty (horse riding) are welcome to speak to us direct and it is very likely we will be in the area during May 2021, when the tour is planned.

Style - Small Group
Duration (Excl. Flights) - 8
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Price (Excl. flights)
£1850

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