Winter Wallcreeper Weekend

Winter Wallcreeper Weekend

in the Minervois, south of France.

February 2019

Tour code: BLPBDC1-19

Long weekend birdwatching to see overwintering & resident species.

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

Available for singles, couples or small groups. 

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

Resident local guide Dominic Clément will help us find

Wallcreeper, Alpine accentor, Citril finch, Crossbill and Snowfinch

as well as resident species such as:
Eagle owl, Golden eagle, Blue rock thrush, Crag martin, Coal tit (continental sbsp), Crested tit, Rock sparrow...

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

and some19th 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.

This trip is hosted at a delightful French hostelry where our 

welcoming hosts provide delicious meals made with local produce.

Scroll down to below the map for the detailed itinerary!

Winter birdwatching weekend



Transfer from 

Carcassonne airport 

to accommodation 

Welcome drinks & dinner


This morning we head off to 

a spectacular red marble 

quarry where we will be looking 

for Wallcreeper

Alpine accentorBlue rock thrush and Golden eagle 

amongst others. 

We will then have a coffee break, 

before birding along 

the Cesse river gorge looking for Crag martin and Wallcreeper as well as various raptors. 

On the way back to our accommodation 

we will visit a site 

to look for Eagle owl.


Today we will head for 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 or sightseeng 

in the morning.

We will have lunch at a restaurant before heading back 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 
  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 can pick up from Toulouse and Carcassonne

Pricing and enquiries

Winter weekend
February birdwatching

  Dates for 2019 trip to be confirmed (but do let us know if you are interested!)

  Long weekend birdwatching to see overwintering and resident Mediterranean species.  

  4 days / 3 nights • Local guides • From 595€ per person • Group size 6 - 12 • Tour code: BLPBDC1-19  

Experienced local guide: Dominique Clément - Aude Nature

Dominique Clément has been bird watching for over 40 years. His extensive experience of all the species that can be seen in the Languedoc, where he has lived for nearly 30 years, make him one of the best birding guides in the region. A migration specialist, he has a particular interest in shore birds and raptors. Dominique set up the wildlife society Aude Nature and has been involved in the environmental management sector for many years.

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!