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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • False Grayling

    After all the graylings I've seen in Dordogne and Spain in recent weeks, it was good to reacquaint myself with the False Grayling. Superficially similar to other graylings, it is actually a different genus and quite difficult to find in Dordogne. It flies in late summer (when maybe fewer people are looking) and you have to go searching amongst dry tussocky limestone grasslands where they usually only fly if disturbed. Whilst at Lac de la Nette, Issigeac recently I had the good fortune to meet the director of the CEN (Conservatoire des Espaces Naturels) Lot-et-Garonne, Olivier Vannucci, who just happened to be out butterfly-watching too. He had a few good tips for me including the presence of the False Grayling on a small grassland by the lake. I had never realised it was present here and he duly showed me one. Having moved house from Mauzac recently (where we had a good colony on the hilltop) I rarely see this species now.


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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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