If, like us, you are interested in either wine tourism 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 in Europe, professionally organised and led by Lys Hall. The current programme is now available on www.grape-escapes.co.uk. 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.
For those interested in birds and bird conservation in France. Together we are the representatives in the UK for the Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux (LPO), although in the first instance Ken Hall is the person to contact. The LPO is essentially the French equivalent of Britain's leading 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). See the English-language website: www.kjhall.org.uk/lpo.htm for more details.
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.