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Initial Last Name Area Available Language
J Verrier Bergrac, Dordogne, Aquitaine Weekend French, English
C Knibbs Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine Anytime French, English
I have been in the Gironde area for 5 years now and know most of the good sites in and around Bordeaux (le Teich, the Arcachon Basin, Audenge and the French Pyrenees). The local area is good for White Storks, Purple and Grey Herons, Spoonbill, Cattle & Little Egret, Bluethroat, 3 species of Harrier, ST Eagle, Hobby, Hoopoe, RB Shrikes etc... and grebes and divers in the winter. Cap Ferret is particularly good for the autumn migration and la Pointe de Grave for the spring migration. Further afield, the Pyrenees are excellent for large raptors, including Bearded, Egyptian and Griffon Vultures.... plus birds such as Blue Rock Thrush, Alpine Accentor, Chough and Alpine Chough.
J Verrier Bergrac, Dordogne, Aquitaine Weekend French, English
SP Petititjean Naujac sur Mer/Bordeaux, Aquitaine Anytime Francais, Anglais
We are two birdwatchers, retired; We live near Bordeaux in a moorland and pine forest near the Hourtin Lake. We can see a lot of sea birds and a lot of cranes in November.
B Gilard Le Breuil-sur-Couze, Auvergne Weekend English
C Wilkins Pays d'Auge, Orne/Calvados, Basse-Normandie Anytime English, French
Experienced UK birders now living in this rich but underwatched area.
G Gadret Dijon, Cote-d'or, Bourgogne Weekend French, English
F Tillier Tournus/Doubs/Saone, Bourgogne Weekend French, English
E Billion Ouroux-en-Morvan/Nièvre/Morvan, Bourgogne Anytime French, English
I can help you for birding in the Morvan, on the Parc Naturel Régional du Morvan. Birder, artist and an nature educator, here are some observable birds on http://unfildessaisons.free.fr/spip.php?rubrique7 And also on http://www.patrimoinedumorvan.org/ornitho.html.
HP Rouault St Germain en Cogles, Bretagne Anytime Anglais, Français
I live near the bay of Mont St Michel.
S Henaff Angers, Loire Valley, Region Centre Anytime English
Y Brouillard Briel-sur-Barse, Champagne-Ardenne Anytime French, Spanish, English
Birdwatch around Lac du Der and Lacs de la Foret d'Orient.
G Rolin Droyes, Champagne Weekend Francais, Fluent English, some German
I live in the small village of Droyes, 6 km away from the Lake Der Chantecoq, about 30 km from the towns of Saint-Dizier and Vitry-le -François". Situated 120 miles East of Paris, Der-Chantecoq lake is the second largest artificial lake in Western Europe and one of the best birding destinations in France. From October to February, it hosts (tens of) thousands of Common Cranes, over 20 species of swans, geese and ducks and many other migrating or wintering species such as the White-tailed Sea-Eagle. It is also a very interesting area in Spring and Summer with, for ewample, 8 nesting species of Ardeidae and numerous other birds due to its varied habitat. With fine weather conditions, you should expect to see betwwen 60 and 80 bird species in a single day. I have beeen birdwatching in this area since 1982 and I should be able to help you to find many species and to arrange your stay. I am also interested in insects and photography and I love travelling as do my wife and my two children. I can also organize day trips to find particular species such as Red-necked Grebe, European Bee-eater, Collared Flycatcher and many others depending on the time of the year". I am available on weekends and sometimes during school holidays.
M Corsange Maussane-les-Alpilles, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Anytime French, Japanese, English
Maussane-les-Alpilles is a lovely old "Provençal" village. It is at the foot of les Alpilles, small mountains where several species of raptors live. It is just at the entrance of la Crau the last "steppe" in France where very rare species stay especially on Spring and Summer. It is also near Arles a well known Roman town and so near la Camargue which is a very beautiful wetland (RAMSAR site). More than 259 species of birds can be seen (especially water birds). In fact close the Mediterranean sea (30km). It is also not so far of le Luberon.
M Robert Domancy, Haute-Savoie Weekend French, English
Mont Blanc area: Bearded Vultures and Golden Eagles all year long, Red-footed Falcons in spring, etc.
JM Lustrat Fontainebleau, Île-de-France Anytime Français, Anglais
I am working for natur preservation in the French administration. We protect around 1200 ha, mainly marshes and forest, but sites for orchids and bat's caves too. In marshes, we have Ospreys and Little Bittern in spring and Bittern in winter. We can visit Fontainebleau forest for forest birds, and mammals.
B Segerer Paris, Ile de France Anytime English
T Fournet Paris, Ile de France Anytime French, English, German
D Godreau Paris, Ile de France Weekend French, English
D Lescaillez Paris, Ile de France Weekend English
M Zucca Paris(Porte d'Orléans), Ile de France Anytime French, English
Birdwatcher since 15 years, but still young! OK for birding in and around Paris for birdwatchers who have 1-2 days free in Paris and want to discover some birds around. I'm not always free, but try! (phone number: 0033689882231). As we always do in France, we share the gas cost between the different people present in my car.
P Ricordel Paris(Saint Omer, Pas de Calais - 62), Ile de France Weekend French, English, Spanish
Paris is not really right area to visit for birds, but sometimes. I am more a bird photographer than a birdwatcher, I do phtograph mainly in France, and sometimes abroad. My week-end location is northern France near Saint Omer (Pas de Calais - 62), where you can find many more species of birds than in Paris. Feel free to ask more details, I will be pleased to answer you.
D Bismuth Pantin, Ile de France Weekend English
R Bennett Autignac(near Beziers), Languedoc-Roussillon Anytime English
F Clapham Nimes/Montpellier/Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon Anytime English
A Oates La Montagne (16km west of Nantes), Pays de la Loire Anytime English, French
We have recently moved out of the city of Nantes to La Montagne. I am English, living here with my French wife. I've had a keen interest in birds/ornithology since I was 5. Purely an amateur but I am keen to share my local knowledge with any visitors. I am situated about 10 mins drive from Lac de Grand lieu, 30 mins drive to La Briere, On our doorstep we have the extensive marshes of the Loire estuary. Local specialities include, Blue Throats, White Storks, Avocetes, Spoonbills, Great White Herons, Cattle Egrets, Night Herons, Purple Herons, Scquacco Herons, Corncrakes, Cetti's Warblers, All three types of Harrier, Hobby, Black Kites, Honey Buzzard and more... We are 10 minutes from the Nantes airport. So if anyone needs help finding those elusive birds drop me a line.
F Halligon Orvault, Loire Atlantique Anytime Francais, English
Birdwatcher since 1970. Loire Atlantique is a place with a lot of wetlands, Grandlieu lake, Guïrande marshlands, Erdre's marshlands, the Loire estuary.........and so on.
H Michel Lunéville, Lorraine Anytime English
F Leviez Berck, Nord Pas de Calais Anytime French, English
O Fontaine Lille, Nord-Pas-de-Calais Anytime French, English, German
B Paepegaey Lille, Nord Pas-de-Calais Weekend English
T Daumal Picardie, Nord Pas de Calais Weekend French, English
P Legrand Villeneuve d'Ascq, Nord-Pas de Calais Weekend English
B Bree Caen, Normandy Anytime French, English, Spanish, German, Hebrew, Arabic, Mandarin
O Vimont Angers, Maine et Loire, Pays de la Loire Weekend French, English, German, Spanish
A Oates La Montagne, Pays de la Loire Anytime English, French
We have recently moved out of the city of Nantes to La Montagne. I am English, living here with my French wife. I've had a keen interest in birds/ornithology since I was 5. Purely an amateur but I am keen to share my local knowledge with any visitors. I am situated about 10 mins drive from Lac de Grand lieu, 30 mins drive to La Briere, On our doorstep we have the extensive marshes of the Loire estuary. Local specialities include, Blue Throats, White Storks, Avocetes, Spoonbills, Great White Herons, Cattle Egrets, Night Herons, Purple Herons, Scquacco Herons, Corncrakes, Cetti's Warblers, All three types of Harrier, Hobby, Black Kites, Honey Buzzard and more... We are 10 minutes from the Nantes airport. So if anyone needs help finding those elusive birds drop me a line.
A Hiley Amiens, Picardy Anytime English, French
Hi, I've lived in northern France for the last four years and am passionate about birding in the area. I have great knowledge of many birding sites in this interesting area. I speak fluent French and am currently wrtiting a guide book on birding in the area. Please don't hesitate if you are visiting or passing through northern France. I specialise in finding target species, seawatching and visible migration, as well as planning a relaxing day's birding taking in some French culture as well. Many thanks for getting in touch!
T Williamson Poitiers, Poitou-Charentes Anytime English
You are very welcome here in Poitiers! I'm not always free, but try. If not able to guide you out birding, I can advice specific spots depending on the species you are looking for. Target species in my area are : Little Bustard, Eurasian Stone Curlew, Montagu's and Hen Harriers, Short-toed Eagle, Ortolan Bunting, Dartford Warbler, Greater Short-toed Lark, Tawny Pipit. Also scarcities for the British Isles (but quite common around here) : Golden Oriole, Red-backed Shrike, Crested Lark, Melodious Warbler, Bluethroat, European Serin, Short-toed Treecreeper, Black Redstart, etc.
T Guillosson Belpech/Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, Pyrenées Anytime French, English
Between the Midi and Pyrenées local birds include Bee-eater, Booted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Tawny Pipit... a few good gravel pits... 40 mn from Toulouse. Further afield Pyrenées (raptors, mountain species) or Gruissan-Leucate (Purple Swamphen, visible migration, Palid Swift etc...)
T Voloshanovich Narbonne, Languedoc Roussillon, Montpellier Anytime French, English, a little Italian
The middle of the natural park "du Narbonnais". I am contacting you on behalf of the LPO de l'Aude (the French bird conservation organisation), we organise bird-watching tours all summer in small groups and for free, and on demand, we can organise special tours. We follow the migrations from the "Roc de Conilhac". If this interests you in anyway please contact me to get more information and to get in contact with the direction of the LPO Aude.
M Crouzier Chavannes sur Suran, Rhône-Alpes Anytime French, English, some deutsch
I like very much observing birds, and I spend a lot of time for it. I can with pleasure go with Birdingpal birders or advise them about good spot or good species and my house is big and possibly a punctual hebergement can be possible.
O Debre Dombes, Pilat Regional Park, Rhône-Alpes Weekend French, English
The Dombes is a rural area punctuated with hundreds of shallow ponds and lakes. It is very attracting for wintering and breeding ducks, migrating waders, and songbirds. Diversity peaks are April/May and August/September. Pilat Regional Park, though not yielding as much avifaunistic diversity as Dombes, still represents an interesting forested hills area, resembling the Vosges moutains. I can also help you with alpine regions: Ecrins/Oisans, Vanoise, Chartreuse, Vercors.
M Bowman La Roche-sur-Foron, Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes Anytime French, English
B Piot Logras, Péron, Rhône-Alpes Anytime Dutch, French, English, German
My home village is located on the foothills of the southern Jura mountain range, close to the Rhône river and to lake Geneva, near the Swiss border – and close to the western Alps. As a result, there is an interesting variety of birds around here, ranging from true mountain species (Citril Finch, Wallcreeper, Golden Eagle, Ring Ouzel to name just a few) to wetland and waterbirds: thousands of ducks spend the winter on the lake or on the Rhône, and in spring/summer there are good places for breeding and migrant passerines. In autumn, raptor migration here can be truly impressive, with over 20’000 raptors and other large migrants (Storks, Cranes, Herons, Cormorants) passing through the area. Fort l’Ecluse, a famous migration watchpoint, is just 10 mins. away from my village.
C Thornton Lyon, Rhône-Alpes Anytime English, French, limited Spanish, German
I live 40km east of Lyon (Bourgoin Jallieu). Very good local birding and dragonflies in spring (wetlands, forest, heath). Can organise 2-3 days in Alps which I know well for mountain species.
J Martineau St Etienne/Auvergne, Rhone Alpes Anytime French, English
V Palomares Talencieux, Ardèche, Rhône-Alpes Anytime French, English
My home is situated on a very good migration spot (Andance) at autumn and spring. This is the list of special birds I could show around my home (from few meters to 50 km) during spring and summer: Little Egret, Purple Heron, Honey Buzzard, Black and Red Kites, Short-toed Eagle, Hen and Montagu's Harriers, Red-legged Partridge, Stone Curlew, Eagle Owl, Little Owl, Nightjar, Alpine Swift, European Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Wood Lark, Tawny Pipit, Dipper, Blue Rock Thrush, Cetti's Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Bonelli's Warbler, Eurasian Tree Creeper, Red-backed (and sometimes Woodchat) Shrike, Rock Sparrow, Cirl Bunting, Rock Bunting, Ortolan and Corn Buntings... All are breeding here... I can go with birdingpal birders or advise them about further destinations (Vercors, Baronnies, Crau & Camargue)
www.migraction.net
B Veillet Lans en Vercors, Vercors Anytime French, English, German
I am 46 years old and I live in the Vercors mountains for 18 years where I worked for several years in the Regional Natural Park of the Vercors. I am now director of a Nature Trust in Grenoble. I am interested in all vertebrates, birds but also mammals, amphibians and reptiles. The Vercors is a beautiful area where there are all the alpine species and several species of Mediterranean affinity. The Vercors is famous for the wallcreeper, pygmy and Tengmalm's owls, the 4 species of vultures in Europe, 6 species of ungulates and wolves. I usually guided English or American birders and I'll be happy to show you my area.


Professional Guides

If you contact a professional Birdingpal guide you must be prepared to pay a fee for guiding services.

Initial Last Name Area Available Language
A Hargreaves Ste. Jalle, Drome Provence Anytime French, English
I'm lucky enough to live in northern Provence, France. For the past 13 years I've professionally led wildlife tours around the Camargue, Crau, Vercors, Mt. Ventoux & S. Alps. As a part of my B.Sc. degree in Applied Environmental & Resource Science I've worked with the local Griffon Vulture reintroduction project - of which we now have more than 200 pairs. Since the vulture project I've been busily involved with the local conservation movement. I'm actively involved in wildlife conservation as well lots of local scientific surveys, which include Egyptian & Black Vultures, Little Bustard, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Tengmalm's & Pygmy Owls, Bonelli's & Golden Eagles, Ibex & Chamois. Local knowledge, there's really no substitute!

Local Information
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Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia France
Local weather Yahoo
Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux Club
LPO Champagne Ardenne Club
LPO Alsace Club
LPO Anjou Club
LPO Ile-de-France Club
Centre Ornithologique Ile-de-France Club
SEPOL Club
Associations ornithologiques françaises Local Clubs
Festival de l'oiseau et de la nature Festival
Observations et hotspots en Provence Sites
la Jetée du Clipon, Dunkerque, Northern France Sites
Le conservatoire des espaces naturels de l'Isère Nature Trust
Birding Hotspots around the world Sites

Last update 15/02/2014