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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Forestry work at Cabant

    There seems to have been an increase in forestry activities these last few winters with the rise in popularity of woodburners. Although it looks a bit drastic immediately after the cut the trees coppice and re-seed and soon the woodland returns. In fact these clearings in the forest are important wildlife habitats for species which prefer a mixture of sun and shade including many butterflies such as Speckled Wood, Large Tortoiseshell, Lesser Purple Emperor, and one of out rearest butterflies: the Woodland Brown. Plants such as various orchids often appreciate a bit more light to complete their life-cycle.

    However I must say I was rather shocked when I visited our old house at Cabant near Mauzac recently to see so much of the woodland on the south side of the property had been cleared. Fortunately it will heal with time and the important limestone grasslands on the hilltop have been left largely untouched. However I still feel rather sorry for the new owners.


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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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