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Guiding services

Birding Languedoc guiding services are available to help you discover this new and little known Mediterranean birding destination in southern France. Over 40% of the birds in western Europe can be seen in this area. Jacob van de Weele, a well respected ecologist from Holland, came to the area in 2014 for the first time and now returns every spring.

Jacob: I am surprised by the bird species you can see here and also by the numbers. I have never seen so many rollers, great spotted cuckoos and bee-eaters in one day before!

Come and explore for yourself and discover this great new birding destination, and at Birding Languedoc we will do all we can to help you make the most of  bird watching on our local patch.
You can also check out the Birding Languedoc calendar for our Day trips and programmes of scheduled outings organised in the area by various birding and natural history organisations.

We recommend that you download one of the local “Where to watch birds…” guides in English (see below for download links), but nothing beats going out with a local guide

English speaking local guide Maurice Riekert

Maurice Riekert grew up in the Netherlands and has been birdwatching for 30 years. And since moving to the Languedoc in 2011, he has rediscovered his passion for birds and wildlife in general. Maurice is a founder member of  Birding Languedoc (a not-for-profit organisation investing in local wildlife projects) and his favourite birds are raptors.

Maurice: ‘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’.

maurice-riekertRates for private guiding with Maurice Riekert:

Half day = €140

Full day = €250

These rates are valid for 1 – 6 people.



To arrange guiding and enquire about rates for larger groups, please contact Philippa by email or phone  +33 (0)4 68 42 82 56 or use the contact form.

We can also arrange guiding with local French guides including Dominique Clément from Aude Nature , Thomas Marchal from the LPO Hérault and guides from the LPO Aude. For weekend guiding in the coastal Corbières we also recommend independant guide Karline Martorell.

Where to watch… guides for bird watching in Southern France

Here are 2 downloadable guides which will help you have a better independent bird watching experience in the Languedoc.
These guides are published by the local Regional Parks: the Narbonnaise regional park in the Aude county and the Haut Languedoc regional park in the Herault county (see below). In each guide you will find:  a selection of the best birding hotspots with species lists by season, accommodation suggestions and an overview of other things to see or do in the area.