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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Asian Hornet nest

    I recently visited Issigeac to search for the Stone Curlew roost and where we parked there was a fine example of an Asian Hornet nest high in a mature tree. As we have now had several frosts this autumn there was no sign of activity despite sunny weather. Normally the colony dies except the queens which survive the winter and found new colonies in spring.I always think the nests are like a giant rugby ball but as this photo shows they are more like a giant water droplet! Over winter the nest are destroyed by bad weather and birds searching for grubs.


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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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