A holiday discovering the Pyrenees wildlife
|INCLUDED||Transfer from Toulouse
3 days guided hiking
|4 nights full board|
|OPTIONS||Additional nights can be added|
The central French Pyrenees is home to some unique and very special wildlife. On this guided wildlife holiday you will be accompanied by a local expert who knows just where to go to stand the best chance of discovering some of the most elusive animals of the Pyrenees. You will hike on often indistinct and rough terrain on unmarked paths, so you should be a regular hiker, confident on your feet.
The brown bear
Thanks to the wildness of the terrain and a concerted re-introduction programme, the brown bear is once again thriving in the Pyrenees. Although the chances of seeing one in daylight are remote, you may be lucky enough to see their paw prints in muddy ground and traces of fur left on tree scratching posts.
Your guide will take great pleasure in telling you all about the reintroduction programme and the tracking of these impressive animals in the Pyrenees.
Birds of prey
The Lammergeier is otherwise known as the bearded vulture and is an endangered species of raptor which is now breeding successfully in certain areas of the Pyrenees.
It is a distinctive bird, easily identified thanks to its spoon shaped tail and strong markings. During your wildlife holiday be sure to keep your eyes peeled and check the skies regularly for its distinctive flight.
You may also see the Egyptian vulture which has distinctive white feathers with a black trailing wing edge. This bird of prey is on the global red list but is often seen frequenting the skies in the central Pyrenees
Snake eagles, short toed eagles and also golden eagles are other raptors that you may well see on this wildlife holiday in the French Pyrenees.
The red deer rut
On this autumn wildlife holiday, your guide will take you to out of the way areas in which you’ll experience the red deer rut up close and personal. This is a special experience that is sure to leave a lasting impression on you.
For around 4 weeks from the end of September, the red deer stags are at their most active, seeking females with whom to mate and defending their territory from incoming males. This period is known as rutting season or ‘la brame des cerfs’ and is a highlight of the nature calendar in the Pyrenees.
The bellow of the red deer from such close proximity will send shivers up your spine and you should have some amazing photographic opportunities to capture these majestic animals in all their glory.
Other Pyrenees wildlife
On your wildlife holiday you may also see chamois and maybe also reintroduced ibex, mountain goat like animals that scamper along rocky outcrops in impressive style
Accommodation for your wildlife holiday
The accommodation for your nature discovery break is a delightful auberge set high on a hillside near Aspet. Fantastic home-cooked food made from local products and a spa facility are the highlights.