Guided butterfly days with Jude Lock

Guided butterfly days can be booked throughout the summer. We will spend the day in the field observing species, with every opportunity for those interested in butterfly photography.

I also organise an annual week for Butterfly Conservation (European Interests Group) where not only do we enjoy the superb butterflies but also contribute to the online Butterfly Atlas of the Midi-Pyrenees. In 2017 it will be 30th June to 7th July, details below.

I will take you to my favourite places, many within the Parc National des Pyrenees, to visit a variety of habitats with a choice of woodlands, flower meadows, high alpine pastures and rocky outcrops. I like to devote particular attention to the superb flower-filled meadows of the Barèges valley.

All the walking will be very gentle and the outings should appeal to both experts and beginners alike.

It is a testament to the superb unspoiled nature of our local countryside that certain local meadows have produced more than 40 species in a single afternoon.

Butterflies of particular interest include the Apollo and Clouded Apollo, Swallowtail, Large Blue, Gavarnie Blue, a unique variety of Ringlets including Lefèbvre’s, Pyrenean Brassy, Water and Gavarnie, not to forget the majestic Camberwell Beauty and Purple Emperor.

I shall also be keeping an eye out for interesting birds and flowers and will enjoy helping you identify the many raptors including Lammergeier and Golden Eagle.

You cannot fail to enjoy the dramatic scenery of the Hautes Pyrenees, we will visit the Cirques de Gavarnie, Troumouse and Estaube, magical places of high peaks, crashing waterfalls, rushing streams – it is a grandiose landscape carpeted with alpine flowers.

My local knowledge will be a great asset to your stay, I have lived here for nearly 30 years.

Have a look at our butterfly gallery for our photos, all taken locally by ourselves.

EIG trip to the French Pyrénées (Hautes Pyrénées), with Jude Lock. 30th June – 7th July 2017

Enjoy the superb butterflies of the Hautes Pyrénées and contribute to the Butterfly Atlas.

My local area possesses a superb diversity of habitats with a wide range of climatic conditions and an extraordinarily rich plant life, this has enabled the development of a large number of butterfly species. The week will be spent in spectacular mountain scenery – high peaks, rushing streams, flower-filled hay meadows, high mountain pastures, and an exceptional bird life.

Records from the week will be incorporated into the online Butterfly Atlas of the Midi-Pyrénées, inventories for the Parc National des Pyrénées, including the ABC scheme, (Village Biodiversity Atlas) and the National Erebia Inventory.

Accommodation :
Hotel Le Central in Barèges (an excellent 3 star hotel with easy access to the local footpaths).
Please contact me for details of self-catering or camping options.

Cost : 7 nights half-board hotel accommodation, based on two people sharing, airport transfers, (Ryanair Lourdes), local transport and guiding : €785 per person.

The week is Friday to Friday around the Ryanair flights from Stansted into our local airport of Lourdes, please book your own flights.

There are also TGV trains to Lourdes.

For more information about the local area, and our butterfly gallery go to :

Please contact me with any questions and for booking information: