Wildlife in France

​All about French Lizards

European wild cat

Extremely secretive  - surprisingly little is known about them in their forest habitat!

What's that wasp?

Great UK website for identification of wasps, all the same species as can be found in France excluding the Paper wasps.

Grand Hamster of Alsace

is critically endangered in France where it is only in Alsace. Will the action plan work or will it become extinct in France?

ABOVE - On this link you will find all the Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians, Butterflies, Fish, Orchids and wild plants that are listed in France as in danger.

Lynx in France

Once extinct in France the Lynx is back and seems to be holding its own BUT it is still rare and localised.

ABOVE - We can't prevent all accidents but we can do some simple, easy things that will save lives.

Wild orchids in France always have an attraction although all but the most common are increasingly localised

Birds and Birdlife in France

a huge subject where an attempt will be made to look at the some of the more interesting species and aspects.

ABOVE - Click on the image above for a guide to making your land hunt free in France, it all depends on where you live.

ABOVE - Wondering what that large cream grub is you found in the garden? Click on the photo above for an excellent guide.

ABOVE - Click on image for a LIST of species it is permitted to hunt in France subject to legal conditions.

ABOVE - Click on image for a LIST of Amphibians in France in Latin-English-French

ABOVE - Click on image for a LIST of MAMMALS IN FRANCE in Latin-English-French

ABOVE - Click on image for a LIST of REPTILES IN FRANCE in Latin-English-French


European Mink

Extinct throughout most of its historic range but hanging on in south west France it is one of the most endangered European mammals.

Wild boar or Sanglier in France

may not show themselves in the open that frequently but it's a species that has been doing rather too well in recent years - read why!

Coypu or Ragondin in France

This very large introduced rodent is a native of South America, can now be found all over France where there is water.

Pine processionary moth in France

What are the dangers that they present, their life cycle, habitat and how to deal with them in your garden.


Genet in France

Brought to Spain from Africa by the Saracens the Genet is now relatively common in the west half of France although rarely seen except as road kill or a fleeting glimpse in the headlights.


European Pond Turtle in France

All about the its protection and the threats they face in the modern world.

The Southern water vole in France

only occurs in freshwater habitats in parts of France , Spain and Portugal, Read more about this threatened species.

European Hornet in France

or Frelon as it is called in French. Just how dangerous are they and what purpose do they serve?


Stone Martens and Pine Martens in France. Maybe you have seen one early in the morning or have one in your roof, but which one is which?


European Beaver in France

Is doing reasonably well these days in the places it has been re-introduced


Red squirrel in France

A protected species in France and happily in many areas doing well.


Otter in France

Brought back from the brink of extinction the otter fights back with a little help.


Asian Hornet in France

A recently introduced invasive species that preys on honey bees, just how much of a problem are they?


Loir (Edible dormouse) 

and the ​​Lérot in France

These are frequent inhabitants of houses and barns in France and  Lérot are often known as "Bandits" due to their markings.


Snakes in France

Click on photo for Snakes In France with snake identifications and which snakes are venomous or dangerous.


Amphibians in France

Including sound files of the frogs and toads - have a listen to some you may be surprised at what some of those night sounds are.

Honey bees in France

Their natural lifestyle and the threats that face them  


On this site you will find basic information about a number of species to be found in France presented in a manner which is easy to understand. There are fact files about Snakes, Lizards, Frogs, Mammals, Birds, Butterflies, Native Flowers, Insects including bees and much more plus information about some introduced invasive species and the problems they create.