Some examples of possible observations by season:
Winter: December 20 – March 20
European Crane, Dabbling ducks, Mallard, Osprey
Spring: March 20 – June 20
Swallow Golondrina, House Martin, European Roller, Glossy Ibis
Summer: June 20 – September 21
Bee-eater, Spoonbill, Black-winged Stil
Fall: Sept 22 – December 20
Spotted Redshank, Eurasian Curlew, Dunlin
Provence offers a great diversity of natural sites rich in biodiversity.
The number of bird species in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d´Azur, makes it an ideal destination for bird watchers.
In Provence, there are 245 species of resident birds, nesting, of the 275 species recorded in France.
The South region, particularly the Camargue, hosts many migratory birds. The Camargue is a unique wetland.
During the major migration seasons, certain bird species make a simple stop in order to build up food reserves before continuing their migratory journey to sub-Saharan Africa.
Other wintering birds will spend the winter in the Rhône delta to take advantage of ponds rich in fish and fields already harvested but where the seeds remain to be nourished.
Over 400 species of birds have been observed there.
In the Camargue there are many sanctuaries where species are protected.
We will go to some of them where there are trails in the reed beds, observatories built near the ponds to optimize bird watching.
An entrance fee is requested in some parcs, so we contribute to participate in the conservation of these fragile environments.
There are also many points of view around the pond of Vaccares.
The fauna and flora of the Camargue is very rich there are different natural environments as the lagoon, the beach, the ponds, the rice fields, salt marsh. The biodiversity is preserved thanks to sanctuaries where no one is allowed.
During this day we will visit the villages of Salins de Giraud, Aigues Mortes or Les Saintes Maries de La Mer.
Passionate about nature and biodiversity, I have been studying birds for many years. I am fortunate to travel through Provence with other naturalists and experienced bird watchers.
I am volunteer at LPO Bird Protection Leagues, partner of Birdlife International.
We participate in the counting of waterbirds during the Ramsar days. The Ramsar Convention is an international treaty adopted on February 2nd 1971 for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands.
The LPO organizes advanced training in ornithology, surveys to collect data on several bird species, actions whose aim is to protect Biodiversity.
Suggestions Tours à la Carte
League for the Protection of Birds
Protection of the wildlife.
Action for the biodiversity … + more
Tour through the vineyards. Taste Rosé wines … + more
A day by the Mediterranean Coast
Visiting the village of Cassis and the great city of Marseilles. … + more
Van Gogh Arles St Rémy
In Arles an St Rémy, he has painted many of his masterpieces … + more
Paul Cezanne landscapes
Landscapes that inspired the worldwide known painter… + more
Pay attention to the signs and respect the areas of prohibited access, especially during nesting times (from February to August, included).
Try to stay on the roads, itineraries and, where appropriate, observatories for observation and photography, avoiding going too far into the natural spaces.
Leave nature as clean as you find it.
Nature reserves cannot disturb, destroy, or collect any animal or plant specimen, either alive or dead or parts of them.
Dogs are leashed so they do not scare birds and are prohibited in nature reserves.