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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • A large Cork Oak in Bergerac

    There's a fabulous large Cork Oak by the side of the road near us at Pombonne Park, Bergerac (see below). It must be around two hundred years old. This one was doubtless planted but the species's natural distribution reaches surprisingly close to Dordogne. I've seen young Cork Oaks (and Holm Oak) coming up naturally on areas of clear-felled Maritime Pine plantations in the Landes area of SW France (south of Bordeaux). It's a species best known from Portugal and western Spain (which together hold around 80% of the population), but it is also found around much of the western Mediterranean coastal zone both on the north and south sides. With temperatures rising it would seem likely that it will spread northward over the coming decades. This tree in Bergerac is protected by law and there is an information sign.


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Welcome to my Dordogne Wildlife Diary

In it you will find regular wildlife sightings in the d├ępartement of Dordogne, notably of birds and butterflies in southern Dordogne where I live. In adddition there will be occasional references to neighbouring d├ępartements such as Lot et Garonne, Gironde, the Lot and places further afield. Check out the Faune-Aquitaine website for the latest wildlife sightings in Dordogne and Aquitaine.

Where possible I will add photographs to illustrate the entry. Many thanks to Margaret Mills (family photo) and Denis Cauchoix (birdwatcher photo).

I hope that you enjoy my diary and look forward to your comments.

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