Rhône-Alpes  >  France

A small village on the top of the hills with impressive views all around. Here lives Crag Martin, Wood Lark, and other passerines and raptors.

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Most recent update 12 February 2020
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A mountainous place around 1000 m high and and a very charming and very ancient village with lots of paths, stone walls and gardens where passerines are easy to see, and raptors really numerous. Here fly Red Kite, Short-toed Snake Eagle or Hen Harrier, while passerines like Wood Lark, Yellowhammer, Common Crossbill or Goldcrest are nesting in the forest, meadows or rocky areas around. On the church is a small colony of Crag Martin, and the Black Redstart is nesting right in the church!



From The village of Saint-Bonnet-le-chateau, to the west, turn right on the signposted road and reach the village of Montarcher. A convenient car park is at the entry of the village, wich is surrounded by an easy path. Some other paths go into the forest and grassland around, where for exemple Red-backed Shrike can be easily found. The village can also be reached following the St Jacques de Compostelle trail.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Plateau , City/village , Grassland



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Spring , Autumn

Best time to visit



Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

Some rarity may be found, especialy in autumn and winter: Alpine Accentor, White-winged Snowfinch.

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