From the 1990's onwards, 3 species of vulture have been reintroduced here. Starting with Griffon Vulture, followed by Black Vulture (The world's largest raptor after the American condors) and finally, around 2012, the Bearded Vulture (Lammergeier) was brought back to the area too. The Egyptian Vulture returned naturally. Apart from these magnificent giants, many other raptors can be seen here ( eg Golden Eagle, Short-toed Snake Eagle and European Honey-buzzard) as well as Blue Rock-Thrush and several others.
The viewpoint itself is a platform, built into the rock. It is part of the "maison the vautours" (house of the vultures); an interpretation centre dedicated to the reintroduction of the vultures in the region of the Grands Causses. It turned out to be one of the most successful reintroductions in europe: nowadays the area holds around 500 pairs of Griffon Vulture and, even more impressive, 20 pairs of the endangered Black Vulture . The latter now has one of it's most important colonies globaly in this area.
The house of vultures is located in the Gorges de la Jonte, downstream from the village of Truel, between Rozier and Meyrueis:
3km from the village of Rozier, direction Meyrueis; 15km from the village of Meyrueis, direction Millau; 25km from the A75 motorway direction North / South, exit 44bis Meyrueis; 30km from the A75 motorway direction South / North, exit 47 Millau Center. There are two large free car parks. Entry fee is 6 euro.
Easily reached from Le Rozier (well signposted). Along the road keep your eyes peeled to the sky because this is where we saw one of the introduced juvenile Bearded Vulture (Lammergeier) and also a perched Black Vulture (see map).
Terrain and HabitatMountain, Canyon/cliff, Valley
ConditionsMountainous, No shadow, Hilly, Rocky, Dry
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitSummer, Spring
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle, Car, Wheelchair
Birdwatching hide / platformYes
It pays off to stop where you can along the road between Le Rozier and the visitor's centre to scan the slopes and check the skies. As said, this is how we saw both our Bearded Vulture (Lammergeier) and Black Vulture.