Marcou Cross and Mélagues Forest

  • Access : From Mélagues, near Sylvanés, go towards Graissessac until Marcou, col de Thalis (914 metres above sea- level) and Croix de Marcou (1093 metres above sea- level). Magnificent views of the Mediterranean and Pyrenees.
  • IGN map : 2543 Ouest, Saint Gervais sur Mare.
  • Key birds :
  • All year : Golden Eagle, Goshawk, Peregrine Falcon, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, Raven and Crossbill.
    • Spring : Booted Eagle, Montagu’s Harrier, Hobby, Turtle Dove, Nightjar and Sardinian Warbler.
    • Winter : Citril Finch and Alpine Accentor.
    • Migration : Anything is possible with an important songbird passage.

translated by Robert Straughan.

Goshawk – Bruno Berthémy

Black Woodpecker – Thierry Vergely