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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Spanish Pyrenees

    I have just returned from a week's guiding in the Spanish Pyrenees with Bob Gibbons. We were based around Jaca and made various sorties into the mountains and valleys. We had good views of Lammergeiers, Alpine and Red-billed Choughs and a fleeting one of a Wallcreeper. Butterflies were still quite common and included Bath White, Geranium Bronze, Large Wall Brown, Tree Grayling, Cleopatra, Mallow Skipper, Lang's Short-tailed Blue, Queen of Spain Fritillary (of course!) and Two-tailed Pasha. A very tiny small white was probably a Mountain Small White and likewise a very small brown was probably a ringlet (Erebia sp.). Flowers were also still good most notably alpines in the high peaks. One day on route to the French border at Col de la Pierre St Martin, we stopped on a roadside to admire the autumn flowering Pyrenean crocus "Merendera" Colchicum montanum.


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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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