The hiker will doubtless easily perceive many birds and, above all, birds of prey who inhabit the area : Falcons and buzzards,hawks, vultures, golden eagles and snake eagles hunting or mating. As for larks, you will definitely hear them.
Mammals are difficult to observe during the day. However, it’s not so rare to perceive a hare or a roe deer in the edges of the fields.
To the south of the Aigoual, a herd of mouflons occupies the slopes of the Luzette and are observable by day with binoculars. On the Méjean causse, in Drigas, a herd of Prjevalski horses has been introduced to ensure the survival of this endangered species.
Deer, wild boars, badgers, martens and foxes all coexist on the ground, while martens and squirrels chase one another in the foliage. Meeting the genette or the wild cat takes a little more luck …
Insects, within this protected environment, are very well represented. This is demonstrated by the success of the Micropolis park in Saint Léons near Millau in Aveyron, birthplace of Jean-Henri Fabre (famous work: Entomological memories in ten volumes).
Good basic advice :
- Keep the dog whose hunting instinct is intact and which is likely to disrupt the game, on a leach, especially during the breeding and feeding season of the young.
- Do not approach wild animals to take a “closer” picture.
- Do not handle young birds or mammals that seem lost to you : their parents are certainly not far away and they may be inclined to abandon them for this reason.
- And for herds: use the prepared passages and carefully close the barriers.