Butterflies & Birds of the Eastern Pyrenees
Tour code: BLAG1-19
Tour code: BLAG1-19
Spanish purple hairstreak
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Transfer from Perpignan airport to our accommodation at the
Orri de Planès
For those arriving early we will stop on the way to look at butterflies and have lunch.
Those arriving on later flights will do the same on day of departure!
Welcome drinks & dinner
Habitat: Mountain lakeside, high-altitude meadows and pine forest habitats
This morning we will be looking for the following species:
Eros Blue, Mountain Clouded Yellow, Apollo, Western Brassy Ringlet, Dewy Ringlet, Mountain Ringlet, Idas Blue, Chestnut heath
After our picnic lunch, we will move on to a river valley with wet meadows and pine forests where we will be looking for:
Clouded Apollo, Apollo, Geranium Argus, Little Blue, Amanda’s Blue, Silvery Argus, Turquoise Blue, Chalkhill Blue, Mountain Clouded Yellow, Niobe fritillary, Scarce Copper, Purple-edged Copper, Purple-shot Copper, Chestnut Heath, Bright-eyed Ringlet, Large Ringlet, Yellow-spotted Ringlet, Bog Fritillary, Lesser Marbled Fritillary, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary
Habitat : dry prairie meadows and eroded limestone shale.
Our target species this morning are: Spanish Argus, Damon Blue, Apollo, Mountain Alcon Blue, Turquoise Blue, Esper’s Marbled White, Chestnut Heath, Great Sooty Satyr, Black Satyr, Hermit, Lesser Marbled Fritillary, Lesser Purple Emperor, Spanish Purple Hairstreak, Sloe Hairstreak
In the afternoon we will move on to a different spot with
high altitude meadows and a boggy area along a mountain river.
This afternoon we will be looking for: Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Peak White, Gavarnie Ringlet, Western Brassy Ringlet, Mountain Ringlet, Lefebvres Ringlet, Chestnut Heath, Provence Orangetip, Bright-eyed Ringlet, Bog Fritillary and with a certain amount of luck a late-flying Violet Copper…
This morning we start our search in dry grassy steppe habitat with areas of bare rock and we will be looking for: Apollo, Provence Orangetip, Hermit,
Dusky Meadow Brown,
Lesser Spotted Fritillary,
Great Sooty Satyr and Black Satyr.
After lunch we will move on to an area of mixed habitat along a canal and then a river, with alternating patches of open forest and meadows varying from dry to wet.
Our targets this afternoon include: Tufted Marbled Skipper, Lesser Spotted Fritillary, Provencal fritillary, Amanda’s Blue, Turquoise Blue, Chestnut Heath, Tree Grayling, False Grayling, Sloe Hairstreak
Today's butterfly search takes us to dry rocky areas of Mediterranean vegetation where we will be hoping to see: Cardinal, Lulworth Skipper, Lesser Purple Emperor, Southern Small White, Spanish Gatekeeper, Spanish Swallowtail, Striped Grayling, Tree Grayling, Dusky Heath, Purple Hairstreak
After lunch we will head to an area of cliffs and mainly rocky habitat, looking for Apollo, Chalk-hill Blue, Great Sooty Satyr, Southern Small White, Southern White Admiral, Spanish Gatekeeper, Spanish Swallowtail, Purple Emperor, Rock Grayling
Quite a different habitat today at high altitude with a large area of open mountain steppe vegetation. Our target species this morning include:
Glandon Blue, Lefebvre’s Ringlet, Pyrenees Brassy Ringlet, Apollo, Large Ringlet, Niobe Fritillary,
Dark Green Fritillary
Then in the afternoon we move to lower altitudes in the valley bottom where the habitat is cooler and damper,
with wooded areas.
Target species for this afternon include: Geranium Argus, Amanda’s Blue, Mountain Alcon Blue, Silvery Argus,
Esper’s Marbled White, Chestnut Heath, Lesser Marbled Fritillary, Purple Emperor
Dryish prairie habitat with areas of shale, some pine forest fringes and high altitude mountain stream banks are this mornings habitat.
Esper’s Marbled White, Apollo, Chestnut Heath, Hermit, Cinquefoil Skipper, Chalkhill Blue, Bright-eyed Ringlet, etc.
And this afternoon's habitats vary from very dry meadows to wet meadows and stream banks.
We will be looking for:
Spanish Purple Hairstreak, Brown Hairstreak (occurs in GB but still quite good, it might be a bit early), Safflower Skipper, Olive Skipper, Catalan Fritillary [Melitaea ignasiti : closely related to and until recently thought to be a subspecies of Lesser Spotted Fritillary – newly (re)discovered in France], Chestnut Heath, Esper’s Marbled White, Provencal Short-tailed Blue, Lesser Marbled Fritillary
Departure after breakfast
An early departure for some with a more leisurely day with more butterflies and lunch on the way for those with later flights!
Perpignan airport for departure.
the "roughly" is because as with all wildlife trips we want to make the most of the weather
and take advantage of surprise opportunities,
adjusting the programme where appropriate to your advantage!
• Early risers can go birdwatching before breakfast
& there is plenty to see around the accommodation
• Breakfast is self-serve from 7am-8:30am
• We set off for the day in the minibus at about 9am
• A coffee stop is planned every day mid-morning
• A scrumptious picnic lunch is enjoyed somewhere en-route
• As appropriate/required we will try and include a pit stop in the afternoon
• We aim to be back at our accommodation for 6pm
• We do a check list of what has been seen during the day while we have an apéritif at approx. 7 - 7:30pm
• A three course dinner including wine is served at about 7:45pm
• After dinner we may go and look for Scops owls and Tengmalm's owl
• No strenuous walking is required on this trip but sturdy walking shoes are recommended
Personal medical and repatriation insurance
Drinks other than wine with meals
Lunch on the last day
We pick up from the following flights
Recent changes to Ryanair cabin bag rules:
The new "Priority & 2 Cabin Bags" option costs £6 per sector
allowing you to carry on board a small wheelie case AND a small rucksack or handbag.
This means you can avoid putting your spotting scope in "check-in luggage" that may well be thrown into the hold!
You can select the Standard fare and click confirm - the "Priority & 2 Cabin Bags" option is on the following screen.
Printing your return boarding pass (without access to a printer while you are away):
Paying for a selected seat, allows you to check-in & print outbound and return boarding passes before you leave home.