The Pyrenean chamois is a protected species
There are several hundreds of bearded vultures in the Aspe valley
The Pyrenean columbine (Aquilegia pyrenaica) blooms between June and July
Pottok horses roaming free in the Pyrenees
A few brown bears still live in the Aspe valley!
The lagopus male and female
Come to the Pyrenees for mushroom foraging!

Wildlife of the Pyrenees

Find your camera and even the amateur photographer will go home with some amazing photographs!

Fauna

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...

Flora

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)

Mushrooms

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.

A marmot in the Pyrenees
A marmot in the Pyrenees