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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Late butterflies

    This time of year sees the last of the main butterfly flight period, although odd Red Admirals and Peacocks appear in mid winter on mild sunny afternoons. At present there are still small numbers of Speckled Wood, Wall Brown, Small White and Clouded Yellow. However rather surprising for late October were two Common Graylings up on Trémolat (and another the day before on the west coast near Arcachon) although the warm Indian Summer here has indeed maintained good levels of insect activity. I tried to get a decent shot of the Common Grayling at Arcachon but the focus fixed on the grass foreground (an old story!) - still there is enough to identify the butterfly.


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Welcome to my Dordogne Wildlife Diary

In it you will find regular wildlife sightings in the département of Dordogne, notably of birds and butterflies in southern Dordogne where I live. In adddition there will be occasional references to neighbouring départements 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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