Alpilles

The Alpilles is a remarkable yet little known inland birdwatching area bordering the Camargue and the Crau.

The craggy limestone escarpments are home to many sought after species including Wallcreeper in the winter months, Egyptian vulture in the summer and Bonelli’s eagle all year round. These dry abrupt landscapes alternate with olive groves and fruit orchards that are attractive to a different range of species including Roller, Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Rock sparrow and many other emblematic Mediterranean species. The warm sunny climate offers birdwatchers from northern Europe a tempting destination all year round, and is especially worth a visit in winter. With easy access by train to Avignon, the Alpilles regional park is at the gateway to Provence and close a wealth of cultural heritage sites such as Avignon and Arles, this rich birding area has much to offer any non-birding members of your group.

Download the Life Alpilles smartphone application and follow 6 birdwatching walks combining opportunities to see 13 top species including Eagle owl, Little bustard, Lesser kestrel and Short-toed eagle amongst others. Check out the interactive bird information kiosk at the Urgonia museum and try out the games, videos, links, information sheets and find out about local birding trips.

What to see and where

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Top birding sites

Plateau de la Caume

Vallon des Glauges

Les Baux de Provence

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Top bird species

Wallcreeper

Bonelli’s eagle

Egyptian vulture

Eagle owl

Bee-eater

Roller

Download the Alpilles
“Which birds when” list

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Other wildlife

19 species of bats

500 species of insects

20 species of reptiles
& amphibians

Getting there

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Travel by plane

Marseille-Provence

Nîmes

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Travel by train

London – Lille Europe – Avignon TGV

London – Paris – Avignon

Other train stations nearby:

Arles

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Local transport

Car rental from:

Avignon TGV train station

Avignon centre train station

Marseille airport

Local bus network

Bicyles for rent

Useful tips

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Plan to stay 3 - 4 days

London – Avignon direct

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Allow 30 - 40 km/day

Nearest airports:

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Combine with the Camargue for a 7 day stay

Car rental:

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Local food

Wine – Olive oil – Honey
Goat’s cheese – Herbs

A short film about the LIFE Alpilles programme – narration in French.

Life Alpilles is a European Union funded programme aimed at supporting the rich local biodiversity in harmony with human activities and land use.

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