Désert de Saint Ferréol

Haut-Languedoc  >  France

Small limestone plateau perched on the slopes of the Montagne Noire with moors, rocks and grasslands.

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Most recent update 1 June 2021
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Le désert de Saint Ferréol offers a remarkable panorama over the plains and hillsides of southern Tarn and is an excellent spot for observing the local birds of prey and also migrating birds at the end of summer time: Short-toed Snake Eagle, European Honey-buzzard, Montagu's Harrier and Hen Harrier. Dry prairies, marshes and fields bordered by thorny bushes host a wide variety of passerines such as Dartford Warbler, Melodious Warbler, Linnet and Red-backed Shrike. This last one is easy to observe in this area. Look in summer for a male perched on top of a hawthorn, on the lookout for prey. In the pine forests close to the St. Stapin Oratory overlooking the village of Dourgne, one can observe Crested Tit and Firecrest. In winter Alpine Accentor and Wallcreeper can be spotted on the rocky outcrops.


Français: Ce plateau calcaire perché sur le versant nord de la Montagne noire offre un beau point de vue sur le sud du Tarn. C’est un excellent site pour observer les rapaces locaux (Circaète Jeanle-Blanc, busards…) et les migrateurs à la fin de l’été. Les pelouses sèches, les landes et les prairies naturelles bordées de buissons épineux accueillent de nombreux passereaux dont la Linotte mélodieuse, la Fauvette des jardins et la Piegrièche écorcheur ainsi que l’Engoulevent d’Europe. En hiver, l’Accenteur alpin et le Tichodrome échelette fréquentent les rochers de Saint-Stapin.



From the parkings you can make a circular walk of 4 km (see the map).


Français: Depuis le parking, vous pouvez faire une promenade circulaire de 4 km (voir la carte).

Terrain and Habitat

Plateau , Forest , Grassland


Open landscape , Mountainous

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring , Spring migration , Autumn migration


Wide path , Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

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