Dates of the trip: 14 July to 31 July 2003


Auberge des Campanules (Photo by Jean Denys)

Driving conditions:

14 July 2003 2003.

We left from Forbach at 5 a.m. and I had in my wallet a certificate of loss of my driving licence, my car licence and my insurance policy. I had only noticed I had lost these documents the day before leaving and I had to rush to the police station to explain my case.

Once in the Camargue, we immediately went to the beach of Piémançon and we had a shock. I know this area pretty well because I have visited it several times in spring and I was horrified at the sight. Everybody camped in unauthorized places and the dumps were heaped in one area. This limited the damage but was definitely not a pleasant sight. On our way, we had plenty of time to have a look at the remains of the little house of the LPO (the French Society for the Protection of Birds) which had been burnt by hunters (should I say poachers?) on the road towards the Cabanes de Beauduc. There again, many people and rubbish dumps. Nothing to do with my former visit in spring and I have to admit that I was down in the mouth. Fortunately, there were some interesting birds to see between the beach of Piémançon and the pond of Fangassier. First three Little Terns, some Sandwich Terns, Slender-Billed Gulls and many Little Egrets, Greater Flamingoes, Pied Avocets and Black-Winged Stilts. On the road between the Mas de Cameroun and the road connecting Le Sambuc to Salin de Giraud, I saw, at the last moment, a superb European Roller perched on an electric wire. I quickly put the car in reverse gear to have a better look but the bird flew away. It was a pity because it was to be my only contact with this bird during this trip. In the evening, I was pleased to see 3 damsels waiting for me in my bed room. Of course I mean those odonats which look like dragonflies.

15 July 2003.

We went to Peau de Meau, in the Crau, hoping that I would see as many birds as I usually do in spring. To go there you must first get a written permission from the éco-musée of St Martin-de-Crau, next to the church. Then just follow the signs "Etang des Aulnes". It was extremely hot on that day and watching birds was difficult. In spite of this, I saw two Purple Herons, two Tawny Pipits, one of them singing, a Eurasian Thick-Knee whose silhouette was dancing in the heat haze and a Short-Toed Lark. Back in the Camargue, we saw some European Bee-Eaters, one nesting Barn Swallow in the second hide of the Capelière where I also saw a Great White Egret. After having walked around the property under the scorching sun, I headed for the sea-side and just before arriving there, I was very surprised to see 2 Blue Peacocks run away in front of my car, having lost all sense of pride. No doubt they came from one of the neighbouring farmhouses. I stopped at the beginning of the Digue à la Mer because it is forbidden to four-wheel drives. Other owners of such vehicles did not have the same scruples. At the Tour de Valat where another hide of the LPO had been set afire some time before, I noted the presence of 6 Great White Egrets, 2 Squacco Herons and a Short-Toed Snake-Eagle.

16 July 2003.

As this trip was not only devoted to bird-watching, we spent some time visiting Arles and in particular, the Hotel Dieu where Van Gogh was taken care of. Now, you will find shopping malls and a beautiful flowered ground there. After a little walk around the arena, we went to the Primatiale de St-Trophime, a roman style church decorated with beautiful tapestries. There are also many relics in it.

We drove on along the trail of Basses Méjanes as far as Mas Michel and I didn't regret it one moment because it was the place where I saw the greatest number of birds during this travel. Among them, there were European Bee-Eaters, many Black-Winged Stilts, one PURPLE Heron, one Common Tern, Gull-Billed Terns, Whiskered Terns and one Squacco Heron.

We then went to the concrete observatory on the road to the Mas d'Agon. I was almost surprised to see it hadn't been burnt down. Standing in the middle of the bustle of tourists on the platform, I spotted 2 Squacco Herons, 4 Wood Sandpipers and 4 Ruffs.

On the side of the road, near Mas Maudo, a black pheasant burst out of a ditch. I was puzzled for a few moments but I came to the conclusion that it was only the melanic form of the Common Pheasant. According to someone I saw there, it was one of the birds introduced by sportsmen which had not yet been killed. Not far from there, about fifty Little Ringed Plovers were waiting I don't know what in a ploughed field, not moving a feather.

As every year, we took the time to go to the Rice Museum between Le Sambuc and Salin de Giraud. Often, visitors think that it is closed, but don't hesitate to honk as the owner, a very friendly man, will only be too pleased to open the doors. You will learn a lot of things about rice growing and about how people used to live there some time ago and you will have the opportunity to buy all kinds of biological rice at very competitive prices

We spent the remainder of that day at the Palissade where, except for a Eurasian Oystercatcher, a few Little Terns and 3 Slender-Billed Gulls, we didn't see anything worthwhile.

List of species observed in the Camargue and Crau

01 Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus
02 Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
03 Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
04 Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides
05 Little Egret Egretta garzetta
06 Great White Egret Casmerodius albus
07 Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
08 Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
09 Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus
10 Mute Swan Cygnus olor
11 Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna
12 Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
13 Gadwall Anas strepera
14 Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula
15 Black Kite Milvus migrans
16 Western Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus
17 Common Buzzard Buteo buteo
18 Short-Toed Snake-Eagle Circaetus gallicus
19 Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
20 Common Pheasant Phasianus colchicus
21 Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
22 Common Coot Fulica atra
23 Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus
24 Eurasian Thick-Knee Burhinus oedicnemus
25 Black-Winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus
26 Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta
27 Little Ringed Plover

Charadrius dubius

28 Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus
29 Ruff Philomachus pugnax
30 Common Redshank Tringa totanus
31 Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
32 Common Sandpiper Tringa hypoleucos
33 Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus
34 Slender-Billed Gull Larus genei
35 Black-Headed Gull Larus ridibundus
36 Yellow-Legged Gull Larus michahellis
37 Gull-Billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica
38 Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis
39 Common Tern Sterna hirundo
40 Little Tern Sternula albifrons
41 Black Tern Chlidonias niger
42 Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida
43 Common Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus
44 Rock Dove Columba livia
45 Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
46 Common Swift Apus apus
47 Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
48 European Bee-Eater Merops apiaster
49 European Roller Coracias garrulus
50 Sky Lark Alauda arvensis
51 Short-Toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla
52 Sand Martin Riparia riparia
53 Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
54 Northern House Martin Delichon urbicum
55 Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris
56 Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava
57 Common Stonechat Saxicola torquatus
58 Eurasian Blackbird Turdus merula
59 Zitting Cisticola Cisticola jundicis
60 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
61 Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita
62 Great Tit Parus major
63 Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris
64 Common Magpie Pica pica
65 Eurasian Jackdaw Corvus monedula
66 Carrion Crow Corvus corone
67 Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus
68 House Sparrow Passer domesticus
69 Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
70 European Greenfinch Carduelis chloris
71 European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis

17 July 2003.

We left the Camargue for the Hautes Pyrénées and there was a lot of traffic on the Languedocienne highway, all the more so since a part of the caravan of the Tour de France was on the road too. We drove through Toulouse, the famous pink town with its balconies of wrought iron and its famous Capitol. This young and cheery city, with its wide avenues and little alleys would surely deserve a longer stay. We visited the Basilique St Sernin very quickly and carried on passing by the now infamous factory AZF. The explosion of that factory caused damage that was still visible on that day.

We were accommodated at the Hotel Les Campanules in Viscos, a former sheep pen turned into a three-star establishment. From the beautiful room we had a splendid view over the mountain for €47 per person, half-board. Viscos is a picturesque village overlooking the valley at an altitude of 850 m and every morning, we were woken up at 7a.m. to the sound of the two bells of the little chapel. Those who dislike noise or like to remain in bed needn't worry. The bells are silent after 10 p.m. .

The Chapel of Viscos

18 July 2003.

To go to the Cirque de Gavarnie, it is necessary to drive through Luz-Saint-Sauveur, a beautiful little mountain resort where you find everything you need to go hiking. This site which UNESCO classified as a World Heritage Site, is so famous that it is always crowded. After having paid for the car park at the village, we decided not to mix with the people taking the shortest way up on foot or on a horse or a donkey. You get the most picturesque view of the circus from a path leading to the "Refuge des Espuguettes", on your left, after a small bridge.

We had hardly made a few steps when the first Griffon Vulture and several Alpine Choughs stood out against the blue sky. To go up to the refuge, at an altitude of 1800 m, you have to walk for about two hours, but the view is worth it. Just before arriving to the Cirque de Pailla, you can admire splendid flower beds of Irises (Iris pyrenaicum), Early-Purple Orchis (Orchis mascula) and many other mountain flowers. If you don't like walking too much, I would advise going to the circus directly without making a detour to the refuge.

Pyrenean Iris

There were Marmots along the way too. They have been reintroduced into the Parc National des Pyrénées and they are now rather numerous but don't expect to see as many of them as in the Parc de la Vanoise. From the refuge, we went down again by the plateau and we followed the side of the circus, passing under rock overhangs along a shaded path which, at times, winds through scree slopes. After a short break at the Hôtel du Cirque where we took a refreshing drink, we set out again towards the Grande Cascade, which falls down 423m and is thus the largest in Europe.

It was much colder there and we were soaked by the spray. The way back was all the longer as we walked down very carefully after we had seen a young tourist who had sprained an ankle going down and had been evacuated in a four-wheel drive and then flown off by helicopter. We had not been very sensible because our first hike lasted over eight hours.

The Cirque de Gavarnie

19 July 2003.

As we were still tired because of the hike of the day before, we decided not to walk so far on that day and to go to the Pic du Midi de Bigorre. After breakfast, we first passed near the Pont Napoléon just after Luz-Saint-Sauveur from which you can do bungee-jumping if you feel like it. Not for us. Driving up the Col du Tourmalet was pleasant even if there were a lot of people for the hundredth anniversary of the Tour de France. RVs were parked at the edge of the ravine for miles from La Mongie to the top, at an altitude of 2115 m. The Tourmalet is really something of a myth for cyclists and we saw several of them, coming from all over the world, having their picture taken in front of the statue of Jacques Godet, the former director of the Tour de France or the statue of the "Géant du Tour". While admiring the landscape, I observed a Northern Wheatear with its 2 young ones and 12 Griffon Vultures soaring high in the sky.

To go up to the Pic du Midi de Bigorre which culminates at an altitude of 2877 m, you have to go to La Mongie and to take 2 cable cars, which is what we did and which cost us 2€3 each. Because of the altitude, a girl almost passed out and I personally felt slightly dizzy. Once accustomed to this altitude, this impression disappeared and I forgot all about it when I twitched a Snow Finch. In fact, I saw 5 of these birds and a little later an Alpine Accentor. On the platform, a girl, who was keen on astronomy, lent us her telescope to show us the spots and the protuberances of the sun.

I could hardly leave this place but it was time to go, especially as we still wanted to look over the arrival place of the Tour in Luz-Ardiden. The pass to this ski resort is extremely steep and fills you with respect for what cyclists do especially when you know that this comes after 3 more passes they had to climb in the same day. There were so many people already waiting for the cyclists that we had to do a U-turn.

The Pic du Midi observatory

20 July 2003.

As the weather had been overcast in Viscos, we decided to move to another valley and to go to the Lac d'Estaing. Few observations, except for 8 Griffon Vultures and 2 Honey Buzzards. Not the least trace of Pyrenean Chamois or of Lammergeier. I also threw a glance from time to time along the torrents, looking for Pyrenean Desman but without the least hope of finding one. It would have been necessary to leave the hotel much earlier, but the many cars and the crowds of cyclists that were driving up the passes would have slowed us down anyway. So it was a restful day and we made the most of it.

For some unknown reason, there were many Belgians, very nice, at the hotel and of course, it was an opportunity to speak about the Tour de France which was due to stop over in Luz-Ardiden in the evening. All roads being blocked by the police, we took a small path, known by only a happy few, to go to the pass of Luz-Ardiden. We had to walk for one hour and a quarter to get to Sarzos and find an ideal site on a sloping road-bank. We waited the whole day there without ever getting bored because there were a lot of people and because the atmosphere was so relaxed.

The spectators, many of whom were Basques, tagged their champions' names on the roads using spray paint. When the caravan finally arrived, it was sheer madness and the wisest grandpas and the least turbulent children lost any prudence risking being run over by a car for a key-ring. After Sylvain Chavanel had broken away alone, we saw a small group come up with the yellow jersey, Lance Armstrong. Somehow, I had been shrewd enough because Lance fell right in front of us and toppled Iban Mayo. Jan Ulrich was fair enough not to take advantage of this and waited for them. As I had my camera with me, I was quick enough and made several photos. After most of the cyclists had passed in front of us, we set out again discussing anything but ornithology. The Tour de France is really something.

22 July 2003.

As Viscos was still in the clouds, we decided to go to Lourdes, to make the most of that day. This visit left me a painful but rewarding impression by certain aspects. Curiously, we had not seen the last of the Tour de France because we saw all the Saeko team go to the Basilique probably to thank the Holy Virgin for the victory of their leader, two days before. As regards the wildlife I noted the first Black Kites migrating in the sky of Lourdes and then a Western Whip Snake slither away under a bush in Bartrès.

23 July 2003.

The weather was still cloudy but the weatherman said it would clear up, with risks of storms in the evening. After our customary hearty daily breakfast we drove once again through Cauterets and we parked the car at Pont d'Espagne. We neglected the ski-lifts and courageously climbed up the GR 10 trail on the left just before a small bridge. The path is steep at the beginning but it is a pleasant walk in the shade under conifers. Once at the lake of Gaube (1725 m high and 40 m deep) we took a track passing through a very stony area where we saw a superb Apollo flutter away. Near the Cascade Esplumousse several Marmots gave out their shrill calls, alarmed by our presence in this pretty crowded area. The path was not very steep but we still had to walk on for quite a long time to reach our goal, the Oulettes de Gaube refuge at an altitude of 2150 m. At 1:40 p.m. a few threatening clouds were beginning to gather up above Mount Vignemale (3298 m high) and its small glacier.

The Lac de Gaube

A light snack in order to regain strength and we went back down just after 2 p.m. . Finally the threatening clouds were not those from above but those from down the valley towards which we were heading but we had not other choice. Once back at the Lac de Gaube the thunder started to rumble. Knowing the dangers of a storm in the mountains, we were rather worried and we were not the only ones. Certain hikers took dangerous short cuts with the risk of spraining their ankles. Quickly, the lake disappeared in the fog, the hail pelted down on us and flashes of lightning streaked the sky. Not to risk falling the slippery way down we decided to go up quickly towards the chairlift where many other people had already found shelter. They too had trusted the weatherman who had forecast storms only late in the afternoon. After a good half an hour's wait, everyone went down very slowly, their buttocks wet by the chair-lift under the thunder claps which faded away.

This seven-hour long walk is very pleasant but do it only when the weather is fine. It is better to park your car in the paying car park rather than leave it at the side of the road because it cost us only €4.50 for almost a whole day.

Pont d'Espagne

24 July 2003.

The storm had been fairly violent in the region of Viscos and when we awoke the village was steeped in the fog. Even if it was not cold, it was impossible to go for a walk in high terrain. We decided to spend the time as best as we could so we departed for the Vallée d'Arrens. At the dam of the Tech a Honey Buzzard, several Black Kites and hundreds of Common Swifts were waiting for the sky to brighten up to continue their migration. We visited the Maison de la Montagne and discussed with a mountain guide about bears. There was one at that time near Hautacam. In May it had been located near Viscos.

25 July 2003.

The weather was nice again we left for the much vaunted Circus of Troumousse. To go there, take the toll road (€3.50) and drive beyond the Plateau de Maillet (1837 m high) covered with a carpet of Cotton Grass (Eriophorum angustifolium). At the end of the road at an altitude just over 2000 m, several walks are possible in this beautiful setting. Near the statue of the Virgin we saw a few Marmots and then headed off towards the Lacs des Aires. Inspecting the surrounding walls I counted up to 30 Alpine Choughs but still not a single Lammergeier.

At long last I spotted four Pyrenean Chamois then again about fifteen of them frolicking on a firn. This place must be a favourite haunt for these mammals because I saw five of them again in the Plateau de Maillet later in the afternoon. Generally they are visible before 10 a.m.and after 4 p.m. . We then went then to the nearby dam of Gloriettes, but I must admit I found the area rather disappointing after the gorgeous landscapes we had gone through some time before. Moreover, the road is really very narrow and often congested.

26 July 2003.

Still another beautiful day and another easy walk in enchanting surroundings. If you don't know where to start to warm up in this part of France, I would strongly advise a walk to the Fruitière and then a hike in the Lutour Valley.

La Fruitière

Right at the start of our ramble, we spotted about 10 Pyrenean Chamois, among which 3 kids, grazing 50 m away from cows whose bells were ringing noisily. We had decided to take our time and we walked along the torrent for over an hour in the pleasant shade of various conifers.

A good rest

A Golden Eagle, eight Griffon Vultures and three Common Ravens flew by lazily in the azure sky.

We came back down to Pont d'Espagne to admire the beautiful cascades and to go for a short walk to the monument elevated to the glory of Alphonse Meillon, a pioneer of Pyreneism. From there, you can have a beautiful view of the Vignemale in the distance. What a relaxing day it was compared to our walk there a few days ago! Back at the car park, once again we saw the Golden Eagle which apparently was stooping just for the fun of it.

As we still had some time to spend, we went to the Visitors' Centre of the Parc National in Cauterets. Each floor of this building corresponds to a mountain level and there, you'll get plenty of valuable information on the fauna and flora of this area. It's really worth dropping in.

27 July 2003.

There was a violent storm in the night high up in the mountains and once again the sky was cloudy when we woke up. Hoping to find the sun at higher altitudes, we drove to Luz-Ardiden, only to find more clouds.

We therefore decided to move down to the plain, under the clouds. I was surprised to see as many butterfly bushes lining the Gave de Pau river and while admiring them, I discovered a few Dippers.

At the lake of Gaves, the migration of Black Kites was now in full swing. Several groups, from 12 to 50 individuals, flew by in the lapse of two or three hours. There were also several hundred Common Swifts which, like us, were waiting in the drizzle to be able to go up.

  28 July 2003.

There was still a lot of fog at Viscos when we woke up. Not to spend another bleak day there, we decided to go for a trip to the natural park of Néouvielle, hoping to find beautiful weather above the clouds. Because of a landslide in the Col du Tourmalet after the violent storms of the previous days, we had to make a detour by the ski resort of Barèges. The sloping, narrow and winding Col d'Aspin, was steeped in the fog and the road seemed endless because we reached the park only after 12 while we had left at 9 a.m. .

The winding road which takes you up to the lake of Cap de Long may be dangerous but the view there is breath-taking. Something funny happened when we decided to take a snack. The pack of crisps we had bought in Luz-Saint-Sauveur had taken the shape of a rugby ball because of the difference in altitude and the lower atmospheric pressure. Who says that the laws of physic aren't funny? While eating, I was lucky enough to spot 4 Citril Finches, among which one was a juvenile bird.

That's a bit thick!


We stayed just one hour at the top of the pass because we thought that we would have to drive back in the fog and right we were! We saw a few funny incidents on the way back. First, there was a lorry which stalled at the top of the Tourmalet. The driver had to start his engine twice and then a car I hadn't seen came out of the heavy black smoke, just like a bat out of hell. Many times, we noticed that a lot of women, fearing they might fall into the ravine below, leaned lovingly towards the male driver or simply got out of the car to let him drive. We had a glimpse of the sun in Super Barèges where I was touched by the sight of a Snow Finch feeding its young in the metallic structure of a ski-lift.

29 July 2003.

The weather was nice again on that day so we decided to return to the Vallée d'Arrens. It was quite easy to climb up to the Lac de Suyen at an altitude of 1536 m then a little higher as far as the place named "Labassa". Coming back down, we made a detour by the Doumbass waterfall just for the pleasure of seeing it. We saw many Marmots but the most rewarding observations were still to come. First was a Peregrine Falcon, then a female Common Cuckoo in the red phase, a Short-Toed Snake-Eagle and finally Griffon Vultures feeding on a carrion above the Lac du Tech.

Thanks to my telescope, I had seen one of these birds land and begin to eat something that I could not determine yet. Little by little, other fellow creatures came, followed by three Common Ravens. Finally, there were as many as eight of these vultures around what I finally identified as a dead sheep, while five others were flying over the place waiting for their turn. It was a fascinating scene. Three birds fought over the game at the same time, others were trying to hop closer, their wings and necks stretched out or waited patiently at some distance for the bigger birds to be sated. After one hour, the fight was less ferocious and the weakest were able to get closer.

30 July 2003.

We had planned to leave on that day and stop over somewhere on the way. The many black wooden silhouettes on the roadside representing the people who had died in car crashes between Tarbes and Auch led us to drive even more carefully and slowly than usually. We stopped at Bruniquel which is said to be one of the most beautiful villages in France. This is where you can visit the two castles where they shot the film "Le Vieux Fusil" starring Philippe Noiret and Romy Schneider. Another local star, the lady of Bruniquel, is less famous. It is a well preserved skeleton of a young woman who died more than 10,000 years ago. In the evening, we reached Aurillac after drving through the gorges de l'Aveyron.

The Château of Bruniquel

31 July 2003.

We drove on without any problem on the small roads of central France as far as Vichy, this little old-fashioned but still enchanting town, which was very famous at the period of the Second Empire and Belle Epoque. Driving through Dijon was time consuming but we lost even more time in a traffic jam caused by an accident in the region of Nancy. Back home, we had logged 3874 km.

List of species observed in the Hautes-Pyrénées

01 Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
02 Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
03 Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
04 Black Kite Milvus migrans
05 Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus
06 Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus
07 Common Buzzard Buteo buteo
08 Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos
09 Short-Toed Snake-Eagle Circaetus gallicus
10 Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
11 Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
12 Common Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus
13 Rock Dove Columba livia
14 Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
15 Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus
16 Common Swift Apus apus
17 Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
18 Eurasian Green Woodpecker Picus viridis
19 Eurasian Crag Martin Hirundo rupestris
20 Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
21 Northern House Martin Delichon urbicum
22 Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta
23 White Wagtail Motacilla alba
24 Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
25 White-Throated Dipper Cinclus cinclus
26 Winter Wren Troglodytes troglodytes
27 Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris
28 European Robin Erithacus rubecula
29 Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros
30 Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
31 Eurasian Blackbird Turdus merula
32 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
33 Crested Tit Parus cristatus
34 Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus
35 Great Tit Parus major
36 Coal Tit Parus ater
37 Wood Nuthatch Sitta europea
38 Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius
39 Common Magpie

Pica pica

40 Yellow-Billed Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus
41 Common Raven Corvus corax
42 Carrion Crow Corvus corone
43 House Sparrow Passer domesticus
44 Snow Finch Montifringilla nivalis
45 Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
46 Citril Finch Serinus citrinella
47 European Serin Serinus serinus
48 European Greenfinch Carduelis chloris
49 Eurasian Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula
50 Eurasian Linnet

Carduelis cannabina

51 Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella

Other animal species:

Marmot (Marmota marmota)

Common Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)

Common Wall Lizard (Podarcis muralis)

Western Whip Snake (Coluber viridiflavus)

Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator)

Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa)

Short-winged Conehead (Conocephalus dorsalis)

Clouded Yellow (Colias crocea)

Large White (Pieris brassicae)

Silver-Washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia)

Woodland Grayling (Hipparchia fagi)

Swallowtail (Papilio machaon)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Apollo (Parnassius apollo)

Humming-Bird Hawk (Macroglossum stellatarum)

Six-Spot Burnet Moth (Zygaena filipendula)

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