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Dates: 25th June – 2nd July 2020

Price: £1,495

Single Room Supplement: £125

Deposit: £150 per person


Price Includes: Accommodation, all meals, ground transport, services of guides, holiday report

Not Included: International flights, travel insurance, drinks & other personal items

Conservation Donation: 10% of profits donated to Butterfly Conservation

Leader(s): Richard Lewington & Alice Hunter

Group Size & Travel: Minimum 4 & maximum 12 guests + 2 leaders.

Grade: Generally easy walking at a very gentle pace

Holiday Highlights


  • Summer butterfly & flower tour in the wonderful surroundings of the Vercors in southern France
  • Led by the highly acclaimed natural history illustrator and wildlife expert Richard Lewington!
  • 2 centre tour, leisurely exploring the area
  • Wonderful array of butterflies to discover, including Apollo, Clouded Apollo, Almond-eyed Ringlet, Scarce Copper, Poplar Admiral, Lesser Marbled Fritillary, Mountain Alcon Blue, Glandon Blue, Reverdin’s Blue, Pearly Heath, Woodland Brown & many more!
  • Flora is equally lovely and we’ll spend time enjoying it alongside the butterflies & other wildlife
  • Tour supports Butterfly Conservation

Join us in the Vercors for a new and exciting tour for butterflies, flowers and more with Richard Lewington!

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Holiday Guides

Richard Lewington has been a full-time freelance illustrator, specialising mainly in insects and other invertebrates. Richard’s exquisite and amazingly detailed work is highly acclaimed.

The chances are that if you have field guides in your home you have a wealth of Richard’s artwork on your shelf! It graces the pages of many publications featuring butterflies, moths, dragonflies, bumblebees and more! His attention to detail and skilful study of the subjects he illustrates transfer into the field and he delights in sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge of wildlife with others.


Join us in the Vercors for a new and exciting tour for butterflies, flowers and more with Richard Lewington!

We are excited to be debuting this new tour in 2020 to the Vercors with renowned illustrator and naturalist Richard Lewington.

The Vercors Massif is a predominantly limestone mountain range in South Eastern France famed for its rugged plateaus and vertiginous upper slopes. Its mountains and gorges straddle the départements of Isère and Drôme in the Prealps and the area is protected as a National Park.

We will delight in showing you the best the region has to offer for summer flora and fauna, focusing largely on butterflies and flowers but also observing birds, reptiles, other invertebrates and any other wildlife of interest that may be discovered.

Upon arrival in Lyon, we will take an Eastern route away from the city onto increasingly scenic routes towards our first base in the village of Chichilliane/Richardière in the shadow of the iconic Mont Aiguille.

Our first full day will be spent exploring our immediate surroundings, taking in local meadows and woodland where we will look for orchids, wintergreens and other wildflowers. Butterflies such as Pearly Heath and Large Skipper may also be seen along with some more familiar species and birds such as Common and Black Redstarts, Crested Tit and Serin. We will also keep an eye out for larger mammals such as Hare and Roe Deer at these slightly lower altitudes.

While in the area, we’ll be taking a walk through some woodland where Lily of the Valley, Lady’s Slipper and Birds Nest Orchid abound. In the meadows that stud our route, we could find Chequered Skipper, Scarce Copper and Bright Eyed Ringlet among other butterflies. We may catch a glimpse of Chamois on the slopes above us and the valley below us can provide excellent views of Alpine and Common Swifts hawking for insects.

Another day we will drive an impressive route through the mountains to a spot where we have easier walking access to the high plateau and alpine meadows. The flowers up here include St Bruno’s Lily, Alpine Aster and Saxifrages among others and provide a different habitat where Alpine Marmots call and there’s a possibility of finding Apline Ibex grazing. Golden Eagle, Rock Bunting, Citril Finch and Chough may be seen here along with Crossbill and Bonelli’s Warbler in the trees as we climb. Butterflies here include Clouded Apollo, Queen of Spain Fritillary, Duke of Burgundy, Mazarine and Small Blues, Grizzled, Dingy and Mallow Skippers plus many more. They can gather here in some numbers, mud-puddling on the path we walk.

For the second half of our trip, we move to the small town of La Chapelle en Vercors. From here we will once again explore our immediate surroundings as well as visiting several Cols and another high plateau areas offering a variety of meadows full of Thyme and blue Rampions. We will enjoy mountain vistas complete with Apollo and Almond Eyed Ringlet as well as many other butterflies and equally beautiful Ascalaphids, sometimes known as Owlflies.

In some of the lower meadows, we may find Adonis Blue and Spotted Fritillary among Lizard Orchids and Peach-leaved Bellflower. Elsewhere, flowering Yellow Foxgloves, both small and large, glow in the shade of pine forests and Griffon Vultures may be seen circling high above.

Book your places soon, on what is sure to be a very popular tour for 2020!

       

Day 1: Arrival in Lyon and transfer to Chichilliane/Richardière

Day 2 & 3: Explore the local area including a woodland walk

Day 4: Visit a high plateau

Day 5: Transfer to La Chapelle en Vercors

Day 6 & 7: Explore the local area

Day 8: Transfer to Lyon for departure

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New tour, reports will be published later