Crêtes de Roquecézière

Haut-Languedoc  >  France

Great place for watching autumn migration of birds of prey.

Added* by John Morecroft
Most recent update 31 May 2021
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Roquecézière is situated where the Haut-Languedoc and Grands-Causses regional nature Parks meet. The Crêtes de Roquecézière (Roquecézière ridges) are an open area of fields that are favourable for watching autumn migration, particularly that of birds of prey. The best period : early August to mid-October with raptor passage at its best from late August to mid-September. Very often migrants pass in the morning, movement dying in the early afternoon. About 3000 birds of prey are counted each year in three weeks of monitoring, at the end of August-beginning of September. The site also allows for a spectacular panoramic view over the southern Aveyron and the Monts de Lacaune. Birds you can see on migration or in the area are European Honey-buzzard, Black Kite, Red Kite, Osprey, Marsh Harrier, Montagu's Harrier, Short-toed Snake Eagle, Booted Eagle, Black Stork, White Stork, European Bee-eater Alpine Accentor, Griffon Vulture, Eurasian Black Vulture, Golden Eagle, Hen Harrier, Melodious Warbler and Red-backed Shrike.


Français: A cheval sur les Parcs naturels régionaux du Haut-Languedoc (Tarn) et des Grands-Causses (Aveyron), les crêtes de Roquecézière offrent un remarquable panorama sur le sud de l’Aveyron et les Monts de Lacaune. Le site est propice à l’observation de la migration postnuptiale en été et en automne. Environ 3000 rapaces y sont comptabilisés chaque année en trois semaines de suivi, fin août-début septembre. Observation depuis le rocher de la Vierge dans le village et sur les crêtes rocheuses au sud-est. Période la plus intéressante de début août à mi-octobre (maximum d’effectifs de rapaces de fin août à mi-septembre). Les passages de rapaces ont surtout lieu du milieu de matinée jusqu’en début d’après-midi.



You can explore the area from the village of Roquecézière (for example the 3 km trail on the map) or just visit the observation point near the village (see the viewpoint marker on the map).


Français: Vous pourrez découvrir les sentiers au départ du village de Roquecézière ou visiter le point d'observation à proximité du village.

Terrain and Habitat

Canyon/cliff , Mountain


Mountainous , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Autumn , Spring

Best time to visit

Autumn migration


Paved road , Narrow trail , Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

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Birdwatching hide / platform


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