We are a “bird garden” and member of the LPO (League for the Protection of Birds), which conditions a certain number of actions and attitudes to make this area fit for welcoming birds and offering food and shelter.

League for the Protection of Birds

The flowers, seeds and fruits of plants and the insects they attract give food for birds and in winter, we supplement this with fat cakes and seeds when necessary.
This garden offers many natural shelters such as trees and bushes, and many species live in the many cavities in the stone buildings.

European Greenfinch, Eurasian Nuthatch, Kestrels nesting in the church wall, Blackcap and Subalpine Warbler  

Depending on the season, you will be able to see the following birds in the trees: Robins, Common Redstarts, European Greenfinches, Goldfinches, Subalpine Warblers, Blackbirds, Chaffinches, European Serins, European Scops Owls, Eurasian collared Doves and Blackcaps.

Bluetit, White Wagtails, Common Redstart, Short-toed Eagle and Robin

Practical advice: Helping birds in winter
The biggest danger for birds in winter is, more than the cold, the lack of food. It is a good idea to give them a drinking trough, well out of reach of predators, so that they can quench their thirst and bathe (it is very important for them to look after their feathers to fight against the cold).
To build up the essential reserves of fat they need to stand up to the long cold winter nights, birds need food rich in carbohydrates and fat.
However, you must only feed them during the difficult period, from the end of November to March, to respect their natural habits.
You can see the following birds flying out of the walls or the roof of the church: Blue Tits, Coal Tits, White Wagtails, Black Redstarts, Short-toed Treecreepers,
Common Kestrels, Common Swifts and European Starlings.
And as you walk around the immediate surroundings of the abbey, you will see and hear: Nightingales, Hoopoes, Cirl Buntings, Woodlarks, Eurasian Nuthatches and Eurasian Jays.
Two magnificent birds can be observed in the sky at the end of the spring and summer: the Short-toed Eagle and the European Bee-eater.



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