Prairies humides du Haut Forez

Rhône-Alpes  >  France

Meadows and woodland in mountainous area filled with passerines like Red-backed Shrike or Northern Wheatear, in a pleasant traditional landscape.

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Most recent update 13 February 2020
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In a traditional countryside of pastures filled with flowers and woodland, around 900 m high, a wide variety of passerines can be seen relatively easily. Red-backed Shrike , Wood Lark , European Stonechat are everywhere, Common Redstart and Linnet are around the villages, and Northern Wheatear on stone walls. Some Whinchat can still be found in marshy grassland, and raptors are frequent ( Red Kite , Montagu's Harrier , Short-toed Snake Eagle)

But the main species here are Great Grey Shrike which tend to be rare nowadays, and Rock Sparrow who are nesting in few numbers.



From Saint Bonnet-le-Chateau go to Usson-en-Forez, cross the village direction Craponne-sur-Arzon, and look for the signpost "Jouanzeq". from here there is no very convenient way to park but a car can be parked along the road.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Grassland , Valley , City/village , Agriculture


Hilly , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Spring , Autumn

Best time to visit



Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform


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