Butterflies of the Pyrenees

If you enjoy butterflies then you must come enjoy the wonderful butterflies of the Pyrenees.

The Pays Toy, our local area in the central French Pyrenees, is a paradise for butterflies, photo below of a Camberwell Beauty, one of our ‘star’ local species.

Camberwell Beauty

 The habitat is rich and varied with many of the hay meadows still cut by hand. The remarkable diversity of habitats, the geology and a wide rage of climatic conditions together with a rich plant life has enabled the development of such a large number of butterfly species. It is perfect for those interested in butterfly photography.

To date, and with the help of our friends and colleagues at Butterfly Conservation, we have identified 134 species in our local valleys alone.

Some species are rare or very local –  such as the Gavarnie Blue, Gavarnie Ringlet, False Dewy Ringlet, Pyrenées Brassy Ringlet as well as the striking Apollo or the robust little Duke of Burgundy.

To find out more, you can book a guided butterfly day or join our annual butterfly week.