Observatoire du Col de Baracuchet

Loire  >  France

Great observation site offering an exceptional panorama and one of the best in the Massif Central for bird migration in autumn.

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Most recent update 14 June 2022
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The Observatoire du Col de Baracuchet is located near the summit of the Monts du Forez, not far from the Col de Baracuchet. The observatory was set up by the LPO (BirdLife France) and is a fabulous observation site on the Forez plain. It offers optimum conditions for observing the migration of the 250,000 birds that cross the pass each year, especially in October. Big numbers of Common Wood Pigeon fly across this pass and also many raptors.


Français: Col de migration post nuptial, surveillé en octobre par les salariés de la LPO Loire la semaine et par des bénévoles le WE. Passage important de pigeons ramiers. Situé à proximité du sommet des Monts du Forez non loin du Col de Baracuchet, cet observatoire aménagé par la Ligue de Protection des Oiseaux est un fabuleux site d'observation sur la plaine du Forez. Il offre des conditions optimum pour observer notamment la migration des 250 000 oiseaux sauvages qui franchissent le col chaque année.



The site is located on the D113, between the Col de Baracuchet and Lérigneux. Click on the P in the map to get directions. The site has free access all year round. In October employees of the LPO Loire and volunteers are present daily at the migration site.


Français: Se rendre en voiture par la D113 depuis Lérigneux et avant par Montbrison. Cliquez sur le P sur la carte pour obtenir les directions.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Scattered trees and bushes , Grassland


Mountainous , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Autumn , Spring

Best time to visit

Autumn , Autumn migration


Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Car , Bicycle , Foot

Birdwatching hide / platform


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