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, Red 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 HabitatForest, Plateau, City/village, Grassland
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonSpring, Autumn
Best time to visitSpring
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Birdwatching hide / platformNo
Some rarity may be found, especialy in autumn and winter: Alpine Accentor, White-winged Snowfinch.