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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Local walks in Liorac Forest

    Now that the weather is better I have begun exploring a bit more from our rental bungalow on the east side of Bergerac. Today and yesterday I headed to the western edge of the Liorac Forest, which I know better along its eastern side adjacent to where we used to live in Mauzac. I found two interesting areas in this mixed forest on sandy geology. Both walks produced Black and Middle Spotted Woodpeckers which was pleasing, although I only manged to hear them - good views are difficult. Plenty of other common birds as well. In fact I saw two species common in UK, Goldcrest and Coal Tit, which are generally scarce in Dordogne and most likely found in winter. So it was especially interesting to find a Coal Tit singing and also two Goldcrests in different parts of the woodland singing. Maybe they will stay on to nest?

    With warm sun during the late morning today, there was quite a bit of insect activity including several Brimstone and Peacock butterflies. Along a field edge I disturbed a female Green Lizard - more heavily marked than the large-headed and dramatic bright green male.

    I noticed quite a lot of signs of mammals including a Red Squirrel moving high in the canopy, the smell and scats of Fox and prints of Roe Deer and Badger - for the latter see photo below. Broad 'bear-like' pad with five toes and sharp claw marks.


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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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