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Montarcher

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.

Added by Martineau

Description

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!

Details

Access

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

Conditions

Hilly

Circular trail

Yes

Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Spring, Autumn

Best time to visit

Spring

Route

Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail

Easy

Accessible by

Foot

Birdwatching hide / platform

No

Extra info

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

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