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 HabitatForest, Grassland, Valley, City/village, Agriculture
ConditionsHilly, Open landscape
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonSpring, Autumn
Best time to visitSpring
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle, Car
Birdwatching hide / platformNo
At Pontempeyrat and along the river Ance look for White-throated Dipper.