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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Bug Orchid

    My Dutch botanist friend Corine showed me a special site a few weeks back for the rare Bug Orchid, not too far from Le Bugue. There are few places for this species known in Dordogne, but then it is quite easy to miss, unless you are really looking and know this exotic orchid. The best places are dry thin limestone grasslands with some scrub, in fact typical 'causse' habitat. However I've visited many of these areas in Dordogne and never seen the species. One thing that helps on a warm sunny afternoon is its fragrant vanilla perfume. This is a great help locating individuals. We counted around a hundred flower heads at the site.


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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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