New Trip Report: Pyrenean Desman in France

Desmans are surely one of Europe’s coolest mammals, and yet two years ago it was extremely hard to know where reliably to look for them. Ben Schwienhart’s 2017 report changed that. The details propelled Phil Telfer to his 1000th mammal last year and hopefully others have been too.

Samuel Marlin just scored there. It is a beautiful area with fabulous food, so if you haven’t seen a Desman then what are you waiting for …

Operation Desman, 2018: Samuel Marlin’s account of seeing Desman several times around Lacs D’Ayous in the French Pyrenees.


  1. Ben S 4 years ago

    Great photos! The Desman is a wonderful animal, and Lac d’Ayous is a beautiful site. I’m glad my report was helpful.


  2. samuel 4 years ago

    Yes it was very helpful Ben. Thanks again.

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