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Birding pack list for Southern France

Check our list for what to bring with you for a great birding holiday in the Languedoc.

1. Pack light

In spring time temperatures can rise to 25 degrees in Southern France. When you go hiking all you need is a small backpack for some sunscreen, a bottle of water and a hat agains the sun light.

2. Clothes

In April and May it can be hot during the day, but in the evening you definately need warm clothes. The same is true for Autumn migration. Bring also hiking socks and shoes. Outdoor terrain can be a bit rough sometimes.

3. Cameras and Binoculars

Of course you will need your binoculars but think carefully what to bring if you what to take pictures of birds. I would suggest a big lens for birds and a small one for scenery shots. Don’t bring your whole camera outfit. You probably won’t need it. Try to carry your binoculars and camera as hand luggage on your flight.

4. Adapters

It all depends on what electronics you bring to France, but we suggest to bring a travel adapter with safety shutter with you.

travel adapter

travel adapter

5. Phone home

First, check if you can call for free by using WhatsApp or Skype. If you can use a Wifi connection the calls are for free.

If it’s urgent try to use a International phonecard.

6. Money

We recommend you get money out using ATM’s in France. You’ll pay fees, but you’ll still get a better rate than you would exchanging cash at a bank.

7. Sunscreen

Don’t forget it. The Languedoc is known for having more than 300 sunny days a year.

8. Backup storage for your pictures

In case you take a lot of photos don’t forget to bring backup where you can store them. Maybe you can use dropbox to store them.

9. Bird guide

We recommend you bring the Collins guide to the Birds of Great Britain and Europe with you. Every bird species you will see in Southern France is in here. If you want to save space there is also an app version for a smartphone or tablet avalaible.

Maurice Riekert
I grew up in the Netherlands and have been birdwatching for 30 years. And since moving to Cessenon sur Orb, in the Languedoc, in 2011, I have rediscovered my passion for birds and wildlife in general. I had never really heard of birding in France apart from the Camargue, but in the Languedoc I now realise that we have the same species and they are much more accessible to the public. Every time I see a group of 20 Black kite migrating, which is normal over here, I still love it. Favorite birds: raptors.

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