March Mediterranean birdwatching weekend in the south of France

March Mediterranean
birdwatching weekend
in the coastal Corbières, south of France.

Friday 15th to Monday 18th March 2019 

Tour code: BLKM1-19

Long weekend birdwatching to see coastal and inland Mediterranean species.

4 days / 3 nights  • Local expert guides • From 595€ per person • Group size 6 - 10

Discount available for any group of 6+ participants booking together.

This trip is developed in partnership with the Narbonnaise regional park.

Parc naturel régional de la Narbonnaise

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Resident species and early spring arrivals...

A long-weekend discovering the birdlife of the coastal and inland Corbières, south of France.

Early March is a crossover period with some winter visitors still around, some early summer visitors arriving, plenty of interesting resident species and some early spring migration!

Resident local guides Karline Martorell and Jérémy Jalabert will help us find
a wide variety of Mediterranean birds including:

Eagle owl, Bonelli's eagle, Golden eagle, Chough, Raven,
Crag martin, Black-eared wheatear, Sardinian warbler, Dartford warbler,

Thekla lark, Hoopoe, Great spotted cuckoo, Spotless starling, Blue rock thrush,

Flamingo, Slender-billed gull, Black-winged stilt, Avocet...

This trip is hosted at a delightful former wine estate the Embrésienne

where the charming hosts provide delicious food made with local produce.

Scroll down to below the map for the detailed itinerary!

March birdwatching weekend


Programme

Friday

Transfer from Carcassonne airport to accommodation at

L'Embrésienne
Welcome drinks & dinner

Evening outing to try and spot Eagle owl

Saturday

Early spring migration if the wind is NW, plus resident species, winter visitors and early summer arrivals:

Iberian yellow wagtail, Great spotted cuckoo, Sardinian warbler, Cetti's warbler, Fan-tailed warbler, Bluethroat, Short-toed eagle,
Alpine swift on migration... 


 La Franqui (coffee)

Slender billed gulls, Black-winged stilt, Sandwich tern + other gulls and shore birds.

Lagoon & salt pans (picnic)

Greater flamingo, Avocet, Black-winged stilt, Little and Great white egret, Cattle egret, Kentish plover, Slender-billed gull…

Open scrubby garrigue

Black-eared wheatear, Hoopoe, Spotless starling, Sardinian warbler,  Dartford warbler,, Thekla lark, Rock thrush ... and possibly an Ocellated lizard!


Return to our  accommodation for an early dinner and an evening outing to see & hear various amphibians including Marbled newts.

Sunday

Rocky gorge
  Rock sparrow, Crag martin, Short-toed eagle, Golden eagle, Raven, Blue rock thrush, Chough, perhaps passing Griffon vulture... and just possibly Wallcreeper!

Fitou
(coffee)

Dry open grasslands: Thekla lark, Sardinian & Dartford warblers, Black-eared wheatear, Hoopoe...

Feuilla (picnic)

Vineyards and open scrub

Spotless starling, Fan-tailed warbler, Sardinian warbler, Dartford warbler, Black redstart, Serin, Hen harrier, Bonelli’s eagle and possibly Iberian grey shrike...

Return to our accommodation for drinks and dinner.

Monday

Departure after breakfast

We will birdwatch and sightsee on our way to the 

airport for departure. 


"Great food, French atmosphere, helpful people, good guides, attractive countryside." (From a trip in May 2017)

What's included and what's not...

INCLUDED

  • Transfers from / to Carcassonne airport
  • High quality ensuite accommodation
  • 3 nights Dinner B&B and 2 packed-lunches
  • Pre-dinner drinks and wine with dinner
  • Expert local guides
  • English speaking tour leader

NOT INCLUDED

  1. Flights to /from Carcassonne
  2. Cancellation insurance
  3. Personal medical and repatriation insurance
  4. Drinks other than with meals
  5. Personal expenses
  6. Lunch on the last day

We pick up from the following flights into Carcassonne

Flights tbc

Pricing and enquiries

March Mediterranean
birdwatching weekend

  Friday 15th to Monday 18th March 2019   

  Long weekend birdwatching to see coastal and inland Mediterranean species.  

  4 days / 3 nights • Local guides • From 595€ per person • Group size 6 - 12 • Tour code: BLKM1-19  

Tour leader: Philippa Benson

Like many Brits, I have a keen interest in nature and will never tire of learning about the amazing birds and wildlife of the Languedoc.

After living here for nearly 15 years, I now have a good working knowledge of where the best spots are for birds, flowers and other species and I enjoy sharing these with interested visitors.

My background in project management and hospitality combined with being fully bilingual are useful skills for organising and hosting tours, and I have a particular focus on customer service!

Karline Martorell: Expert local guide

Drawn to wildlife conservation from very young, Karline studied Biodiversity Analysis and Surveying Techniques. She continues to be an active naturalist, with a particular interest in birds, reptiles and amphibians. Passionate about birds, Karline volunteers for migration counting and bird ringing. A few wildlife trips abroad have helped widen her knowledge base and she currently works for a consultancy firm specialised in ecological impact studies, doing surveys of birdlife and herpetology.