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Winter weekend looking for Wallcreeper

in the Minervois, south of France

Friday 28th February  to Monday 2nd March2020

Tour code: BLGT1-20

Long weekend birdwatching to see overwintering & resident species.

4 days / 3 nights  • Local expert guide • From 660€ per person • Group size 6 - 10

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

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Overwintering & resident species...

A long-weekend discovering overwintering and resident 

Mediterranean species in the Minervois, south of France

Our experienced local guide will help us look for overwintering

Wallcreeper, Alpine accentor, Citril finch, Crossbill and Snowfinch

as well as resident species such as:
Eagle owl, Golden eagle, Bonelli's eagle, Blue rock thrush, Crag martin, Coal tit (continental sbsp)

Crested tit, Sardinian warbler and Rock sparrow...

We may also get an opportunity to see early arrivals of Great spotted cuckoo!

Our search for these species will take us to some spectacular sites, including a red marble quarry 

and some 19th century ice-houses, on and around the Black Mountain. 

We will also visit the village of Minerve, perched on a rocky outcrop at the confluence of two rivers.

Accommodation is at a charming guesthouse in a lovely old French manor house, 

and meals are made by our hostess Annika using delicious local produce.  

Scroll down to below the map for the detailed itinerary!

Winter birdwatching weekend looking for Wallcreeper...



Transfer from 

Carcassonne airport 

to accommodation 


This morning we will be looking 

for Wallcreeper at two different spots with Bonelli's eagle a distinct possibility at the second.

After a coffee stop we will then head to Minerve where we 

will be looking for Wallcreeper

Alpine accentorBlue rock thrush, Crag martin and Golden eagle amongst others. 

After lunch we will continue birding along the  

the Cesse river gorge looking for Wallcreeper and Alpine accentor, as well as various raptors. 


First we will head for two good Wallcreeper spots around Caunes Minervois with a coffee break in between. 

Then weather permitting, we will make our way to the 

Pic de Nore, which at 1200m 

is the highest point 

of the Black mountain range.

Here we will look for overwintering Snowfinch

before dropping to slightly lower altitidues to look for 

Citril finch, Red crossbill, 

Coal tit (sbsp ater), 

Crested tit, as well as Redwing and Fieldfare.    


Departure after breakfast.

Birdwatching on our way...

Transfer to Carcassonne airport for departure. 

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


  • Transfers from / to Carcassonne airport
  • Comfortable 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


  1. Flights (but we do advise which flights we meet)
  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 meet the following flights into Carcassonne

Click on link below for flight info...

Pricing and enquiries

Winter weekend looking for Wallcreeper in the Minervois

 Friday 28th February to Monday 2nd March 2020

  Long weekend birdwatching to see overwintering and resident Mediterranean species.   

  4 days / 3 nights  • Local guides • From 660€ per person • Group size 6-10 • Tour code: BLGT01-20

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!