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Downloadable Pyrenean animal colouring book

Downloadable Pyrenean animal colouring book

Keep your kids occupied over the bank holiday weekends with our Pyrenean animal colouring book! We've made it downloadable to print out at home. Fun, interesting and educational the colouring book is bi-lingual in English and Spanish - great for adult language learners too! Discover lots of interesting facts about the animals of the Pyrenees, especially the bone-eating bearded vulture known in...

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Wild boar in the Pyrenees

Wild boar in the Pyrenees

Rarely seen but never far away whilst out hiking are the wild boar or as the locals would call them -'Jabali'. Much to my delight at the beginning of September this year I had a guiding 'first' whilst hiking with Tom, George, Clare and Cynthia high above the Ordesa...

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More snakes in the Pyrenees

More snakes in the Pyrenees

Rosie living on the French side of the Pyrenees near Canigou wrote to us recently with a snake identification question. She'd found one in her house and managed to get this picture! It's a little bit difficult to identify it without seeing its head but we think it's a...

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Autumn Lady’s Tresses – Spiranthes Spiralis

Autumn Lady’s Tresses – Spiranthes Spiralis

I found an orchid that I'd not seen before earlier this week - an Autumn Lady's Tresses (Spiranthes Spiralis). It's a short orchid (around 15 cm) with tiny flowers (only around 6mm) that spiral around the stem in a very attractive way. It's not in my Pyrenees flower...

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Flowers in the Valle de Salazar

Flowers in the Valle de Salazar

I 'm hiking in Navarra with Javier for a few days checking routes for our Western Pyrenees holiday. Today we hiked up the peak of Ori which is the first 2000m peak of the Pyrenees.   we had superb views across the Pyrenees range. The flora was superb with fields...

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Snakes in the Pyrenees

Snakes in the Pyrenees

Ian a regular reader of the blog recently sent me a couple of photos of some snakes he'd seen on the French side of the Pyrenees to identify. He'd found a lovely example of a green whipsnake. It's a long thin snake which can rach up to 2 metres but is usually quite a...

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Punta Cochata (1901m)

Punta Cochata (1901m)

Snows melting in the Pyrenees and I was out hiking today in the Valle de Tena with a friend Gustavo. We chose the peak of Cochata which sits in the middle of the valley with great views in all directions. Although not high it's quite a rocky peak and looks as if it's...

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New route option on our Village to Village holiday

A great new viewpoint has been constructed above Panticosa which has allowed us to add a new option on day 3 of our Village to Village walking holiday. Cucuraza (1758m) sits high above Panticosa and gives fantastic views down onto the village and across the southern...

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Valle de Tena Explorer

This week we ran our second Valle de Tena Explorer of the season which is a new dual level week for this year. Every day there were two different levels of walks to choose from. The easier walks explored the beautiful meadows and lakes of the valley whilst the higher...

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Pyrenean newt and other sightings

Whilst out and about recently we've come across quite a few interesting creatures, some of which we've never had the privilege of seeing before! In the past 2 weeks we've found this shy creature in the Anisclo Canyon and in the Gargantas de Escuain. The Pyrenean newt...

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