The Mediterranean basin is one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots – and the Languedoc Roussillon area is part of it!
With spring and autumn migration as well as plenty of resident Mediterranean species this is a great area for birdwatching…
And in the words of the late Derek Moore OBE:
Languedoc is not a favoured area by British birders, most preferring the Camargue, but I can strongly recommend trying the region. Most of the exciting birds of France are found in the area and there is more to be done. … Add to that great food, wine and weather and you have everything.
You can read the full article (which Derek wrote for the Birdguides webzine) by clicking here.
In order to share our “local patch” with you, the resources listed below are designed to help with travel, where to stay and where to see birds!
We are of course, very happy to help you in any other way we can, with advice and tips! So don’t hesitate to get in touch via the contact form.
Resources for DIY birdwatching in the Languedoc
Birdwatching Narbonnaise – free smartphone application
The Narbonnaise regional park has produced a very intuitive, interactive smartphone application called Birdwatching Narbonnaise.
Free to download from Google Play for Android devices and from the App store for Apple devices, the app covers all the information you need to organise a bird watching trip, including which birds you can see when and where, but also puts you in touch with a range of birder-friendly accommodation providers.
- Select a month and the bird list will change accordingly
- Then select a species to see a map of the best spots for that particular bird
- Select the site to see what other birds can be seen there
- Select a species to find out more information about that bird
All 80 or so species have a photo and some have sound and text as well. You can add species to your own personal list when you see them – just identify the site and click on the + sign to the right of the species sheet. Sites, species, sounds and information will be added to the app regularly.
Download the app now and start preparing a trip!
Where to watch birds guides
Several regional parks in the area have published “Where to watch birds…” guides highlighting the best birdwatching spots with maps, species lists, and other helpful information.
You can download these by clicking on the links below or you can pick up a hard copy at the park headquarters in Sigean. (soon to be available in Tourist Information offices in the Narbonnaise area).
- Where to watch birds in the Narbonnaise regional park (downloadable PDF)
- Where to watch birds in Haut Languedoc regional park (downloadable PDF)