Wine Tourism/Bird Protection in France

If, like us, you are interested in either wine-tasting or birdwatching in France (or even both), then you might like to follow the links below. 'Us' = Ken and Lys Hall, by the way.

Wine tours and wine education

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Lys has acted as a wine-tour guide for more years than she cares to remember, first under her own company, Grape Escapes, and more recently for other organisations. Lys is also available for wine talks, either for pure pleasure or for educational purposes. She regularly lectures to students working towards taking the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Higher Certificate, as well as giving several short lecture series for private groups. Her current activities are listed on

Birds and Bird Conservation in France

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Ken Hall has spent around 25 years acting as a contact for the Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux (LPO), which is essentially the French equivalent of Britain's leading bird conservation organisation, the RSPB. From its headquarters in Rochefort (Charente-Maritime), the LPO runs several bird reserves, publishes magazines, journals, newsletters and a raft of other material, as well as lobbying the French Government and other political organisations, all with the overall aim of improving bird protection in France (and hence also in Europe generally). Although Ken has started to take a bit of a back seat over this now, he is still willing to provide information as necessary, and still maintains an English-language website to this end: for more details.

Trip Reports

Here are a few of the trips that we have been involved in, usually (though not always) with birds the main focus. Note that, although a certain amount of wine tasting is usually involved, these are just our own personal holidays, completely separate from the wine tours Lys organises for Grape Escapes.