In south-eastern France in PACA north-west of Nice where the weatherr is usually nice most of the year and there are botanical gardens worth a visit is a superb birding area in the Gorges du Verdon high up in the mountains with superb camping sites such as detailed below:-
Near Brunet where there is a male Spanish Sparrow now in a nest in a superb birding area with Black-headed Bunting singing nearby and near the A51 motorway to AIX EN PROVENCE and M....ille with easy access to the Camargue where at Grenouillet at present a good year for Ibis and Spoonbills with 130 Spoonbill and over 30 Glossy Ibis together now which breed here in good numbers at Scamandre which is a superb bird reserve with new facilities including hides which my colleagues ring the birds in the heronry here with 9
species of all the breeding herons and egrets in Europe breeding here plus
Glossy Ibis. In the Reception building wall Hoopoes usualy nest in a hole in the wall and you can get great views of them as they feed their young next to the entrance door in a hole in the wall of the reserve building. Glossy Ibis are doing well here as are the Bee-eaters and many other interestig birds in the lakes nearby like Purple Gallinules and raptors.In the Crau semidesert near
the superb hotel and restaurant and campsite which is cheap with a great swimming pool at St Martin de Crau is a superb birding area with reserve centre to get visiting permits from at the Ecomusee at St Martin de Crau which is well worth a visit where you can become a member of CEEP and sponsor the bird hide in the Crau in front of the breeding colony of Lesser Kestrels and Rollers plus Great Spotted Cuckoos which parasite Magpies nests plus raptors like thousnads of Black Kites at Entressen nearby, Eleanoras Falcons, Red-footed Falcons, Short-toed Eagles, Booted Eagles, Bonellis Eagles plus Egyptian Vultures and other raptors in the Alpilles and the Gorges du Verdon where there is fresh air wildlife everywhere and a wealth of birdlife.
Bertram.E.B.Bree in sunny Jersey awaiting my next trip down to Provence!
Where the sun never sets quite like Montpellier!