The Boreal owl (Aegolius funereus) is a little owl that, in France, lives in the mountains. It can be observed in particular in the Aigoual massif. The bird is brown with white flecking, and had beautiful yellow eyes encircled by black, which give it a “surprised” appearance. It is very difficult to see this species, but it is possible to hear the males singing as early as the end of winter, at night. The Boreal owl is a typically coniferous forest-living species. It lives in old-growth forests, where there are tree cavities where it can nest. This bird can use….

The Red deer (Cervus elaphus) is the biggest wild mammal in France. Representing power and loyalty, it is the “king of the forest“. It can be found mainly in large forests, in the Aubrac region or in the Aigoual forest. If it lived originally in the large clearings of primary forests, the development of agriculture, human demographic pressure, and hunting forced it away from its habitat. The king of the forest is nowadays confined to wooded spaces, and it comes back to meadows only when dusk falls. Hunting pressure has contributed to the decline of the species in France: in….

In the Tarn river, a rich fauna can be observed, and in particular otters and beavers. The European beaver (Castor fiber) is present for at least 5 million years in almost the whole of fresh and temperate Eurasia, and has played an important role in landscape patterns and the composition of ecosystems. Its landscaping shaped many forests and selected trees in wetlands. This “ecosystem engineer” gave their shape to many rivers, enabled the establishment of some water tables and many bogs and wetlands, thanks to its dams which retain the water. The beaver also helps to improve biodiversity when it….

If it is a rather dull-looking species, the Eurasian skylark (Alauda arvensis) is a wonderful singer, also famous for its flight. Thanks to its brown plumage, the skylark is nearly invisible when it is on the ground. It has a short crest on the head, which can be raised and lowered. The skylark lives in meadows and fields. The bird runs on the ground, where it finds its food, and squats when it is threatened. Before seeing it, you will hear its melodious song. The bird flies high in the blue sky, still singing: the spiral rising flight followed by….