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Learn French / Bird-watching in France


Lac du Der-Chantecoq, Champagne, France

Sat 28th May - 4th June 2022

A week of learning French and bird-watching here on the shores of the largest artificial lake in Europe. It is one of the best places for birdwatching in France. Especially if you enjoy the sight of birds massing. Thousands of cranes stop at the lake during their spring and autumn migrations. But you may also see the great egret, loons and even a white-tailed eagle.

For the serious birder there will be plenty of time with the binoculars, but there will also be the opportunity to explore the local region.

We will buddy up with local experts who will not only be our guides in the field, but also our language exchange partners.

Who's it for?

Suitable for those with any level of ornithology and any level of French.

Over 18s only.

Where do we stay?

There is the option to be billeted with a local family, but most students prefer to stay together in hotel accommodation. The hotel has not yet been finalised (due to the obvious restrictions currently in place), but it will be 'mid-range' in terms of luxury.


Language classes are differentiated by level (beginner/intermediate/advanced) and we have a unique 'buddy' system: we pair you up with a friendly local, who helps us with our French in exchange for practising their English.

Our French teachers are a mixture of native speakers and well-qualified teachers from England, with lots of experience of leading trips.


Sat 28th May - Sat 4th June 2022

How much?

£720 (this does NOT include transport to and from the destination)

How's it structured?

A more detailed itinerary will be published nearer the time, but typically:

* Early morning nature walk/hide session (optional)

* French language lesson - in the classroom or in the field

* Lunch together

* Guided birding session, local excursion or free time

* Evening meal and activity 

Our buddies will accompany us on some of the birding sessions and excursions and during the language sessions

Photo: Dieny Portinanni, Unspalsh

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