- Fly from London to Bordeaux where we meet our guide. From here we go birding at a wetland reserve, searching for waders and waterfowl, as well as early migrants. We then transfer to our riverside hotel in Mauzac.
- Accommodation: Hotel in Mauzac, 4-nights on full board basis.
- Riverside cliffs harbour wintering wallcreeper, which can sometimes be seen at close range. Peregrines, ravens and crag martins should also be about whilst alpine accentor and eagle owl may be present.
- The Dordogne is rich in woodpeckers. We’ll visit a variety of key forest areas, searching for black and middle spotted woodpeckers amongst other woodland birds, including crested tit and firecrest.
- We spend today on Plateau de Faux searching for resident arable farmland birds, including corn bunting, crested lark, rock sparrow, black-winged kite and hen harrier. We’ll also be looking out for early spring migrants.
- We spend time birding at Bruges Marsh for white stork, egrets, other wetland species and early passage migrants. We then transfer to Bordeaux airport for our flight back to London.
All prices are per person and include:
- Services of the naturalist leader
- All meals
- Guides activities
We are based at the cosy riverside Hotel Le Barrage at Mauzac, just upstream from Lalinde, an excellent venue with comfortable rooms, good food and excellent hosts. All rooms are en suite.
All main meals are included. Dordogne is noted for its excellent cuisine. Breakfast and dinner will be taken at the hotel and lunches in auberges, to sample the local cuisine ‘du terroir,’ or as picnics, depending upon the weather.
Early spring is one of the best times for birdwatching in the Dordogne. Overwintering mountain birds such as wallcreeper and Alpine accentor can be seen and the Dordogne’s wealth of woodpeckers are at their most visible, and most vocal, in March. With the kite migration underway, we hope to see all three European species – red, black, and the resident black-winged kite. In the forest and heathland areas we may also find hawfinch, Dartford warbler, woodlark, firecrest, short-toed treecreeper and crested tit, with rock sparrow, crested lark plus corn and cirl buntings on the farmland.
- Black woodpecker
- Black-winged kite
- Crested tit
The area is dominated by the Dordogne oak forest and mixed farmland, cut through by the majestic River Dordogne. Our tour also takes us into a number of other interesting habitats including river cliffs, arable plains, heathlands and wetlands. The region is studded with pretty honey-coloured villages, ancient churches, chateaux and caves.
Price includes return scheduled flights London – Bordeaux – London.
Ground transportation is by minibus, with driver.