Corsica - Mountains in the Mediterranean
Sunday 30th April – Sunday 7th May 2017
Corsica is one of the most rugged and mountainous of Mediterranean islands, largely untouched by tourist development. From the clear dark blue seas of the coast, up through the lush green forests of the lower slopes, to the white snow-capped peaks of its highest mountains, the island offers a superb variety of both scenery and wildlife. Much of the northern half of Corsica is a National Park, just recognition for the stunning scenery and its rich natural history. There is a high incidence of endemics among its flora and fauna, and our visits have been specially timed to maximise the variety of birds and flora we should encounter. Flowers can be stunning at this time of year and include over fifteen species of orchids.
We begin our tour in the mountains where we will look for the endemic Corsican Nuthatch and Corsican Citril Finch. After 4 nights in a family-run hotel in the Restonica Valley we descend to the coast for a 3 night stay overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Included in our itinerary is a visit to the island’s most important wetland site, the Etang de Biguglia, where we may see a host of waterbirds including egrets, herons and passage waders. Many migrant birds avoid the mountains and fly along the coast, and we should be well-placed to encounter some of these. This is a fabulous island for a Spring visit.
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