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Wildlife

The owner of the property is an ecologist and a county recorder for moths. Much research here is centred on the moth and butterfly fauna and Robin would be happy to introduce visitors to these fascinating insects. All traps used are non-destructive and are run in a variety of habitats close to the property, the list of species recorded is now well beyond 1,500 and growing by the day - or should that be by the night.

Moth traps, generators and field equipment are all available for those wishing to independently investigate some of these beautiful nocturnal and diurnal insects and visitors have the opportunity to join the owner at his permanent moth traps or take part in forays into a variety of habitats to find butterflies, local flora, birds and mammals. A daily biological log is maintained listing all species seen in the immediate area and guests are encouraged, some would say bullied into adding to it.

You can read about the latest sightings in our online wildlife blog.

Visitors requiring a wildlife holiday with a daily programme of activities tailored specifically to their interests should contact us for a quotation and outline. We are also able to offer children an introduction to ecology and the local flora and fauna.

The surrounding countryside is stunningly beautiful with hills and valleys clothed in woodlands of oak, ash, birch, sweet chestnut and walnut. The ridge on which our property stands is bounded to the north-east by a wooded gorge accessible by a path that starts at the back door.

The 14th century towns of Figeac and St Céré haven't changed much in the last 700 years. Some of the roads are so narrow and the upper floors of many houses overhang to such an extent that much of the natural light is blocked from the paths below.

Take a boat trip through the prehistoric caves of Padirrac or just a few kilometres away wander through the ancient town of Rocamadour which hangs from precipitous limestone cliffs. To the east lies the Auvergne and the Massif Central, the snow-capped volcanic peaks of which are visible on clear winter days.

Don't miss the limestone Celé Gorge just south west of Figeac where the river winds between steep limestone cliffs several hundred feet high and troglodytic villages are built in to the rock. There are numerous detours away from the river to viewpoints that take the breath away and just before the river's confluence with the River Lot the village of St-Cirq-Lapopie should not be missed.