In Normandy Manche Nature at website:-
have been going twenty years involved with a Dragonfly atlas coming out next year for the dragonflies in Normandy for anyone interested in dragonflies in the UK Normandy is just to the south of the International Channel and Dragonflies migrate from Normandy to the UK like the hundreds of resident Kentish Plovers which breed in Normandy occasionally they turn up in the UK.
Manche Nature are involved in bird ringing projects involving colour ringing birds which visit the UK from their breeding grounds in Normandy.
Good sites to visit in Normandy are the Seine estuary where a programme of bird ringing and tracking of birds fitted with satellite tracking devices has just begun run by la Maison de l'Estuaire who have a centre in the Pont de Normandie interpretation centre named Restaurant Armada on the Le Havre side of the toll gates of La Pont de Normandie in the Salle l'Avocette with over 15,000 avocets wintering in France the Seine estuary is a good site to see Avocets, Aquatic Warblers tracked with the tracking devices they are fitted with there now weighing only a third of a gramme and Stilts, Corncrakes, Spotted Crakes, Bitterns, Harriers, Storks and Bluethroats are also resident there and monitored by the ringers.In France the chicks of cornflakes are taken at breakfast and fitted with tracking devices to study their movements! Around a thousand pairs of Cornflakes breed in France!
In Spain now a Saker juv on Saturday Navarra near Olite (satellite tracked from Hungary on 25.July through Croatia on 26.July, Slovenia on 27.July, Italy, France on 28-30.July and Spain on 30.July-1.Aug). Birds from away are satellite tracked through France and even French breeding birds like Booted Eagles are taken from the nest in northern France and satellite tracked to Africa and back. If birders see birds with tracking devices please make notes and inform ringing schemes of the details to note any extra details that are difficult to determine without observers on the ground sending in their notes.
A good reserve in Normandy is in the Cherbourg peninsula near St Mere Eglise
at Carentan in fact just opposite St Come du Mont at Les Ponts d'Ouves with bird hides with over a hundred naturalists a day visiting the bird hides there
to see migrant shorebirds from America and Siberia as well as resident Bittern,
Bluethroats, Savis Warblers, Spotted Crakes with 8 calling there this summer,
breeding storks with 65 pairs there, Harriers of three species and Honey Buzzers, Hobbys and Owls there plus interesting Wee Wood peckers wit breeding Wryneck in Normandy and Internationally Important numbers of
Middle-spotted Woodpeckers plus Black, Grey-headed, Green, Lesser Spotted and Great Spotted there.The Foret de Cerisy nearby is full of wee wood peckers in big numbers plus other rare breeding birds and the International hot air balloning centre at the Chateau de Balleroi near St Lo.
Cherbourg has the Phare de Gatteville to the east of it which is excellent for a seawatch as well as the Tatihou island bird reserve with Serins, Cirl Bunting,
Firecrest, Eiders and Kentish Plovers plus a good interpretation centre. In Cherbourg is the top Aquarium and marine centre in Europe complete with a nuclear submarine factory with a submarine you can visit which was France's first nuclear submarine.
In the Somme estuary now near Calais at the Marquenterre ringing is taking place as in March a Woodcock was ringed there which in May was recovered near Moscow breeding shot by hunters who shoot in the breeding season!
In France hunters are shooting near the Marquenterre where 400 species of birds turn up now and have in the past shot an American Woodcock in France not knowing it was a different species!
Bird ringing including tracking of migrants in France is underrtaken by the CNRS and CRBPO which is part of it the French bird ringing scheme which are
encouraging UK birders to promote French bird reserves like the Marquenterre
where hunting is banned in its limits of reserve!
With Natura 2000 reserves birds have become better protected in France and a number of birding articles will be forthcoming in the UK on the European network of Natura 2000 reserves.
Kind regards from sunny Jersey.
Birdman.P.Green-Breen the Jersey Clean Been.Wheres you been?
I's weely been to Jersey!