The Marmot or Alpine Marmot in France had an existing population in the French Alps. They were then reintroduced in the early 1950’s to the Pyrenees where they had disappeared several million years ago. Releases were also made in the Jura and Lozère where they have successfully settled..

Bee swarms in France
A website about bees and their conservation in France

European wild cat

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

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?

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.


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.


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.


The Southern water vole in France

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


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.


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.


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.

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