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  • New fish ladder at Mauzac

    There's been a lot of work going on at the Mauzac Dam (or "barrage" as it is known locally). Around ten years ago there was a government report showing that many French dams were in need of repairs and so a rolling programme was laid out. The repairs at Mauzac have been attended to, but during this extended period of activity a related project, that of a new fish ladder, has come on tap. It's a fairly classic style with a cascade of pools gradually rising to the upper river section from the downstream side of the dam. Work started last year and they hope to finish by March next year (2020). There is already one a kilometre downstream at the old power station itself but this will provide migratory fish such as Salmon with another improved option. It will be interesting to see how EDF finish the works including landscaping and information/viewing facitilies - hopefully to the benefit of wildlife and visitors alike. With the riverfront recently given a facelift things are looking up at Mauzac!

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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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