BIRDS AND FLOWERS OF THE VERCORS
Sunday 10th - Sunday 17th June 2018
The Vercors Regional Nature Park lies between Grenoble and Valence on the edge of the French Alps. This jumble of Limestone mountains holds many birds, flowers and other wildlife. Golden Eagles soar along ridges and are often joined by Griffon Vultures which are the subject of a re-introduction scheme. We stand a small chance of encountering two or three other vulture species here as the Griffons seem to attract them into this beautiful area. White-throated Dippers and Grey Wagtails can be seen along some of the rushing streams while Skylarks sing above flower-strewn fields.
The Alpine meadows are amazing and often contain a carpet of flowers in yellows, pinks and blues. Among them will be a scattering of wild orchids, lots of them! In this one week tour we expect to see up to 35 species of orchid ranging from the diminutive Coralroot right through to showy Lady's Slippers. There will also be many orchids on roadside banks including Lady, Man, Military and Monkey as well as local specialities like Drome Ophrys.
Whilst looking at the flora of this region, it pays to have one eye (or ear!) open for the birds. Other than those already mentioned there are Black Woodpeckers in the broadleaved and conifer woodlands while the latter habitat holds Ring Ouzels, Crested and Willow Tits, Citril Finches, Common Crossbills and occasional Nutcrackers. The hedgerows and scrubby areas hold a few Red-backed Shrikes while cliffs can be home to both species of Chough as well as elusive Wallcreepers.
If the frequent mention of ‘Alpine’ makes you nervous, don’t worry! This is always a gently paced tour with the vehicle taking the strain of reaching higher locations; and once you have visited the Vercors you will realise that it truly is a stunningly beautiful area with plenty of wildlife to be seen.
Leaders for this tour: Mike and Liz Read
Price: £1245 per person in twin or double room (+ flights).
Single supplement £120 per person (+ flights).
Deposit: £350 per person.
- Minibus travel throughout the tour in France.
- Accommodation and all meals in the Vercors including picnic lunches.
- Morning coffees if a suitable café can be found each day.
- Wine or a soft drink at dinner on the final evening.
Price does not include:
- Flights (for legal reasons I am unable to book your flights but will give guidance and web links for you to do so).
- Transport to and from the departure UK airport.
- Alcoholic drinks and items of a personal nature.
- Afternoon teas/coffees and coffees after dinner at the hotels.