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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Field Gladiolus

    Although it's still orchid time here in Dordogne, there are many other interesting plants to go in search of. One appeared almost on my front door step the other day. It's flowering just across the road from our driveway on a grassy roadside bank (that's our white VW minibus in the background!). The plant in question is the Field Gladiolus, a rather more luxuriant version of the Wild Gladiolus I've seen at various places on Faux Plateau at the edge of arable fields, which also has its flowers all facing in the same direction. The other species in Dordogne is the Italian Gladiolus but in that species the flowers point in various directions.


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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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