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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Mole Cricket

    These amazing creatures are becoming rare in Dordogne - and are nearly extinct in Britain. I was lucky enough to find one around ten years ago whilst running a wildlife holiday in Beynac. We were taking a short evening stroll and I found a Mole Cricket on the stone steps rising from the main road next to the river. I picked it up and it bit me hard - very painful! It wasn't easy to view at dusk either. However last week near Beynac I found another one at a pond which after being handled carefully, posed for photos in reasonable daylight. Normally they are nocturnal but the cloudy wet morning had perhaps encouraged the cricket to stay out. It really is quite a bizarre animal with these fabulous mole-like front feet, a great example of convergent evolution. They are great diggers and like damp pastures often near water bodies. I hope it isn't 10 years before I find another one!


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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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