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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • South African Ragwort

    I meant to photograph this species when I went up to Périgueux last autumn to get Audrey's car serviced. It grows along railway lines and roadsides much as Oxford Ragwort does in the UK, also an alien species. The wind-borne seeds of both species are spread along routes by the traffic. The South African Ragwort is quite a common species in SW France and at this time of year makes a wonderful splash of colour in some towns. Last week I was over in Bordeaux helping Audrey's sister to move house and as I walked from the tram station I found several plants, one of which I photographed. The peculiarity of South African Ragwort for me is that the leaves are long and thin unlike other species I am used to seeing.


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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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