Home of Birding in the Pyrenees

See the Pyrenees come alive. Exclusive guided birdwatching and nature holidays led by renowned experts, based at Les Sorbiers, in the village of Bareges at the heart of the French Pyrenees. We are ideally situated for discovering all of regions speciality birds, flora and fauna. In and around the small mountain village of Bareges breed Crag Martin, Black Woodpecker, Citril Finch, Wallcreeper, Rock Bunting, Crested Tit, Capercaillie and regularly overhead the majestic Lammergeier and Golden Eagles drift past. Gentians can be found in close proximity to us, the Spring, Yellow and the Pyrenees native of our valley along with several varieties of narcissi, just to name a few, there are hundreds more just waiting to be discovered....

Near the village is one of the most reliable sites in the Pyrenees for Alpine Accentor and Snow Finch. We also find Alpine and Red-Billed Chough, Rock Thrush and numerous raptors. In this area no less than 150 species of butterfly have been recorded, this is an indicator on the environment in the Pyrenees and how un-polluted the area is.

We consider the main target birds for birders visiting the Pyrenees are the Wallcreeper, Lammergeier, Citril Finch, Black Woodpecker, Snow Finch and the Alpine Accentor. Regular sites for these are covered within the birding/nature program but together we will encounter many other speciality birds in a variety of habitats. The birding trip in September 2007 recorded 102 species, testiment to the benefits of 'local' knowledge.

Pyrenees Birding uses local guide(s), because they observe the birds and flowers year-round, this provides our birding - nature holidays with the highest success rates. Our guide(s) have a common interest in providing an inclusive holiday to meet individual needs. These needs are reviewed throughout the week and the local guide(s) provide the flexibility to change daily programs.

Pyrenees Birding consider that the peak months for birdwatching and nature holidays in the Pyrenees are early flowers and returning birds mid-May, June late flowers and all regional birds, September and October mainly for migration, our programs are designed around these dates. May and June provide the opportunity to access most of the birding and flower sites, after the snows have melted and the roads are beginning to open, to see the birds and flowers in their natural environment. Generally, this is the time when birds are the most active and vocal and flowers at their most vibrant. After summer, September and October sees migration in full swing and our trips encompass specialist sites for migration in addition to the local area. Hundreds of thousands of raptors, in addition to Cranes, Black and White Storks, pass through the Pyrenees each year and a big passage day will be one of the memorable birding days of the year!