The Pyrenees are the shelter of many species that can not roam as freely anywhere else.
- Birds: vultures, royal eagles, rock ptarmigans, western capercaillie, Egyptian vultures, white-throated dippers...
- Mammals: roe deers, red deers, Pyrenean chamois, brown bears, marmots, stoats, desmans...
- Amphibians and reptiles: common midwife toad, Pyrenean rock lizard, Pyrenean brook salamander...
At almost any time of the year there is an abundance of wildflowers, many endemic to the Pyrenees:
- The Pyrenean columbine (aquilegia pyrenaica)
- The Mediterranean sea holly (eryngium bourgatii)
- Edelweiss (leontopodium alpinum)
- The English Iris (originates from the Pyrenees) (iris latifolia)
- Dianthus pyrenaicus
- Pyrenean lily (lilium pyrenaicum)
Parts of the forests of the Pyrenees get covered in mushrooms in Autumn... But nobody will tell you where exactly!
On the menu: cepes, morels, chanterelles, boletes, chicken of the woods, honey mushrooms, black trumpets, hedgehog mushrooms...
Mushrooms are key ingredients to several typical dishes of the Pyrenees , like the wild trout with cepes.