La Brenne landscape

La Brenne - wildlife of the French lakes (by train)

A ‘wild’ week, exploring one of France’s best-kept secrets as we are transported back to a landscape of yesteryear.
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Wildlife Travel leaflet La Brenne 2024

new holiday

13th – 20th May 2024

fully booked

Laurie Jackson and Jason Mitchell



Single Room Supplement – £175


Return train travel from London St Pancras, local transport as specified in the itinerary. Seven nights’ accommodation, full board.

Not included

Refreshments. Gratuities. Travel insurance. Covid tests and associated costs.

Group size

Minimum 5, maximum 14.

Often called the Land of a Thousand Lakes, La Brenne Parc Naturel Régional is located just south of the Loire Valley. A mosaic of fish ponds, lakes, reedbeds, meadows, heaths and broad-leaved forest set in a traditional farmland landscape, makes for a uniquely diverse flora and fauna.

At this time of year Corn Bunting, Turtle Dove and Nightingale will be proclaiming their territories, with dozens of warblers including Savi’s, Melodious, Bonelli’s and Great Reed Warbler among the standout species.

Wryneck, Red-backed Shrike, Hoopoe and Golden Oriole are widespread and common, and nine species of herons can be found here including Purple Heron and Night Heron, and with luck the secretive Little Bittern. La Brenne is home to over 10% of the French breeding population of Black-necked Grebes, and several hundred pairs of elegant Whiskered Terns nest on waterlilies. Perhaps one of the region’s most spectacular birds is the Bee-eater and no trip is complete without a visit to a river-bank colony.

Although best known for its birds, La Brenne has plenty of other wildlife on offer. With large areas of traditionally managed farmland and forest, and their associated flower-rich  meadows, wetlands and heath, butterflies and dragonflies abound. An impressive 97 species of butterflies and almost 70 species of dragonfly have been recorded across La Brenne. For the botanist there’s also much on offer, with an impressive 36 different species of orchid found across the Parc. This holiday will appeal to anyone who wishes to enjoy pleasant walks filled with wildlife, with the bonus of travelling by train.