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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Butterfly numbers increasing

    Here at home we are in what the French call "confinement" thanks to Coronovirus, so I am only able to do short walks locally. But this has helped me get to know the local area better and its wildlife. I have two walks, one to the south of the road along the border of a farm and through the sandy pinewoods and mixed woods mostly on a forest track, coming back up the hill from the valley bottom with a tiny stream by the minor road. The other is on the north side of the road walking briefly through the mixed woods and then into the head of a little valley and slowly dropping down towards the valley bottom of the first walk. The second walk takes me through some interesting damp meadows and the edge of a rough, part-wooded limestone slope. So far I have already seen 28 species, partly due to the very early and mild spring. A week or two ago I found a pretty female Holly Blue egg-laying on Dogwood by the road, whilst down in the valley along the base of the limestone slope, Weaver's Fritillaries were emerging, see photos below.


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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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