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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Nestboxes and wildlife gardening

    I have finally started to think about turning the suburban-style garden here into a wildlife garden. I've got a couple of feeders up, though so far only Blue Tits and a Robin have visited. Today with one of the first frosts of the autumn, I put out plenty of seed, including a Niger seed feeder and provided a couple of water drinking points. At the weekend I went around the garden with Hannah our five year old to identify places for three hole-fronted nestboxes. Her main interest was the big Cedar which was a great idea, after that we decided on the gable wall of the barn (see below) and a small tree at the far end of the garden - two of these we can watch from the house. I modified these LPO/RSPB-style basic nestboxes by adding draininge holes in the base, adding metal predator-proof nest hole surrounds and by putting aluminium tape on the roof to extend the life of the box. Hopefully these nestboxes will provide useful nesting and roosting sites for our local birds. Next I plan to create a Little Owl nestbox by putting a wooden front on a large open niche in the gable top of our lower outbuilding. After that I've decided to cut paths through the "lawn" and let the rest grow as a hay meadow as we did at Cabant, our former home in Mauzac. Several patches of the "lawn" are especially rank so these will be mown regularly (with cuttings removed) until they lose their vigour and become part of the hay regime.


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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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