Plateau des Chaux

Auvergne Rhône alpes  >  France

The Chaux plateau is a must-see ornithological site, its fauna, flora and landscapes are exceptional, offering a taste of Provence.

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The plateau is an agricultural area having kept a very authentic character and pastoral areas offering various environments. The site is best known for observing a colony of Rock Sparrow. Also Wood Lark, Skylark, European Stonechat, Tawny Pipit and Corn Bunting roam the various habitats. The Red-backed Shrike nests in the groves and hedges. Hoopoe, Wryneck and Eurasian Scops Owl are rare but present. The site is also good for migrants such as Montagu's Harrier, Woodchat Shrike and Whinchat. In winter, the site welcomes many passerines Chaffinch, Brambling, Linnet, Yellowhammer, Cirl Bunting and Rock Bunting, but also Red-billed Chough.


Français:  Le plateau des Chaux est un site ornithologique incontournable, sa faune, flore et ses paysages sont exceptionnels offrant un avant-goùt de provence. Le plateau est une zone agricole ayant gardé un caractère trés autentique, culture d'aromatique et zone pastorales offrents divers milieux.  Le site est surtout connu pour l'obseravtion d'une colonie de Rock Sparrow (des nichoirs sont à leurs dispostion). Aussi, Wood Lark Skylark European Stonechat Tawny Pipit Corn Bunting arpentent les divers cultures. La Red-backed Shrike niche dans le bosquets et haies. Hoopoe Wryneck Eurasian Scops Owl sont rares mais bien présent. Le site est aussi favorable aux migrateurs comme Montagu's Harrier Woodchat Shrike Whinchat. En hiver, le site acceuille de nombreux passereaux Chaffinch Brambling Linnet Yellowhammer Cirl Bunting Rock Bunting mais aussi Red-billed Chough.



The Plateau is located above the village of Beaufort-sur-gervanne.


Français:  Le Plateau se situe au dessus du village de Beaufort-sur-gervanne.

Terrain and Habitat

Scattered trees and bushes, Plateau, City/village, Agriculture


Flat, Dry, Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring, Autumn


Paved road, Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot, Bicycle, Car

Birdwatching hide / platform



Birdingplaces Near

Numerous observation areas exist in the Gervanne valley (Omblèze gorges, Esperi valley) all of fauna and flora interest.


Français: De nombreuses zones d'obseravtions exsitent dans la vallée de la Gervanne (Gorges d'omblèze, vallon de l'Esperi) tous d'intêrets faunistique et florisique.

View birdingplaces in the area that are published on Birdingplaces.eu


Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here


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