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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Bluebells in Dordogne

    Bluebell woods in England are one of the wildlife spectacles of the spring for many people. Over here in Dordogne we are a bit far south for the main range of the species. I've seen the cultivated sub-species hispanica locally in gardens and as escapees, but never the wild version Hyacinthoides non-scripta...until a couple of days ago when I cycled through the forest to the boulangerie at Queyssac. As I cycled back listening to the Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs, as well as the odd Black Woodpecker or two, I noticed a nice display of blue Narrow-leaved Lungwort on the roadside - a species which likes a sandy element to the soil, which you find here in the Landais Forest. Then I suddenly realised I'd seen something else blue yet different and somehow familar. I back tracked and found a little colony of Wild Bluebells. Something I never thought I would see in southern Dordogne. Looking at the Aquitaine distribution map it's recorded in north-eastern Dordogne, north-eastern Gironde and the Charentes, but there are only a few scattered records further south. I don't think it ever forms the "bluebell woods" seen in England but finding a few plants like that was a nice little discovery.


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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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