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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Butterflies at Mauzac

    I was going through some computer files recently and found this photo of a Black Hairstreak taken by Gary Palmer. It must date back around five years when we had our house and gite in Mauzac. Gary photographed it on the valley roadside verge below the house and it was quite a surprise. They appear to be scarce in Dordogne and are quite discrete appearing fairly early in the season (May) and they are happy to sit quietly on leaves of trees and scrub for much of the time. The diversity of species at Mauzac was pretty impressive - we must have recorded around 80 species of butterflies within a kilometre of our house - and this was one of the top ones, of course found by a gite guest!


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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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