France possesses great geophysical variety providing endless opportunities for the visiting birdwatcher. The country boast some of Europe's finest rivers, large expanses of forest and important mountain systems including the Alps, the Pyrenees and the Massif Central as well as 2,000 miles of coastline. And of course, France is home to the Camargue, a vast area of lagoons and marshes, home to several thousand Greater Flamingos as well as many other rare european species including herons, ducks and gulls. The Pyrennees hold the possibility of Booted and Bonelli's Eagle, Egyptian Vulture and Lammergeier.

Lammergeier

Lammergeier © Stephen Daly

Showing the 38 Most Recent Trip Reports Posted

France - Birding Trip Report to Vendėe and Charente Maritime - 14th to 29th August 2009, author Geoff Dicker (added September 5, 2009)
(Pointe D'Aiguillon - Lac de Grand Lieu - Machė/Apremont Lake - Baie de Bourgneuf - Caspian Tern, Spoonbill, Bluethroat, Tawny Pipit, Short-Toed Eagle)

The Pyrenees and Espanya Norte, June 12th - 17th 2003, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 24, 2004)

Southern France, The Beziers, 11th - 27th July 2003, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 24, 2004)

France & Corsica, May 2000 , author Surfbirds Admin (link created September 24, 2004)

France and the Sologne area, July 2003, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 24, 2004)

Spain, The French Pyrenees and Majorca, 22nd June - 5th July 2003, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 24, 2004)

Languedoc/Roussilon, 24th May - 7th June 1997, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 24, 2004)

The Camargue, the Crau and the Alpilles, 13th - 21st January 2004, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 24, 2004)

La Clusaz, France, 23rd April - 1st May 2000, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 24, 2004)

The Camargue, Les Alpilles and Le Crau, March 2004, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 24, 2004)

Where to watch birds in Vaucluse, France, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 24, 2004)

The Lot Valley, France, June 8th - 15th 2004, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 24, 2004)

France - Atlantic Coast, 4th - 12th May 2001, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 24, 2004)

Ebro Delta, Spain and the Ile de Re, France, May 2004, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 24, 2004)

France, Provence and the Camargue, August 5th - 10th 2001, author Martin Birch (added September 24, 2004)

South-east Brittany/North-west Loire Atlantique, 22nd May - 4th June 2004, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 24, 2004)

Provence and the Camargue, February - March 2003, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 24, 2004)

Southern France in winter (Alpilles, Camargue, Crau and Nice), author Surfbirds Admin (added September 24, 2004)

France - Butterflies and Orchids of the Vercors and Alps - July - August 2010, author Greg Bond (added September 10, 2010)
(Butterflies, Ghost Orchid, Vercors, Ecrins)

France: Languedoc-Rousillon, Midi Pyrenees - May 2011, author Mike Nelson (added October 23, 2011)
(Etang Soulcem, Plateau de Beille, Gruisson, Montagne Noir)

Cruising the Bay of Biscay - 24th September - 1st October 2016, author Mark Graham (added October 2, 2016)

Southern France, Midi-Pyrenees May 14th- 20th, 2008, author Mike Nelson (added May 31, 2008)
(Pyrenees, Rufous-tailed Rock-thrush, Woodchat Shrike, Golden Eagle)

France - 11th - 18th April 2013, author Bob Swann (added May 20, 2013)
(Nice - Hyeres )

The Camargue - 11th - 18th March 2008, author Christopher Hall (added March 25, 2008)
(Standing upright on his rocky pedestal with long ear tufts, deep orange eyes staring straight into our scopes made a perfect end to a memorable day.)

France - Camargue area May 2008, author Stephen Burch (link created June 21, 2008)
(Camargue, Les Alpilles, La Crau, Les Baux, Red-footed Falcon, Little Bustard, Roller)

South-west France, 24th May - 8th June 2008, author Mark Lewis (added June 17, 2008)

Southern Brittany, France - 9-13 May 2014, author Tim Perkins (added June 14, 2014)
(Briere, Foret de Gavre, Black Woodpecker)

France - Alps, Crau, Béziers, Causses - 23rd June - 7th July 2012, author John van der Woude (link created July 13, 2012)
(Wallcreeper, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, all 4 shrikes, and many more goodies)

L’ile d’Oléron en hiver, author Manuel Heitz (link created January 9, 2016)
(Birdwatching, Fort Royer, Ile d'Oléron en hiver, Phare de Chassiron, Réserve de Moeze Oléron)

Ile D'Ouessant, Brittany, 30th Sept - 6th Oct 2007, author Mark Lewis (added January 30, 2008)
(Ouessant, situated off the coast of Brittany, has long been known as the premiere French site for rarities, which is not too surprising as it sits on the other side of the mouth of the English channel to the Scillies)

France Languedoc-Rousillon June 2002, author Zbyszko Grabowski (link created January 10, 2005)
(Causse Blandas, Gorges de Jonte, Leucate, Lesser Grey Shrike, Rock Thrush)

France - Provence - January - February 2009, author Jonathan Hiley (added February 6, 2009)
(Les Baux, Mont Caume, Camargue, Wallcreeper)

France - Brittany - April 2010, author Andrew Williams (link created August 19, 2010)
(Cotes-d'Armor, Ile-Grande, crested tit, red-breasted merganser)

France - northwest - July/August 2010, author Andrew Williams (link created August 19, 2010)
(Le Croisic, Salins de Guerande, Briere Marshes, Foret du Gavre, Finistere, Trunvel, St. Vio, Loire-Atlantique, Whiskered Tern, Black Tern)

France, Bordeaux; Le Teich Reserve & The Bay of Arcachon, 26th - 27th April 2007, author Nick Ransdale (added August 13, 2007)

French Alps, Parc de la Vanoise, Courchevel 1850 / 1650 / 1550, author Gerhard Geldenhuys (added April 7, 2009)
(French Alps, Parc de la Vanoise, Courchevel 1850, 1650, 1550)

Southern France - March 31- April 7 2007, author Ferry van der lans (added April 20, 2007)
(Pin-tailed sandgrouse, Thekla lark, Lesser scaup)

France, March 2019, author Charles Spagnoli (added April 13, 2019)
(Camargue, Les Baux, Eyguieres, Bearded Reedling, Eurasian Eagle-Owl)