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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • The iconic Large Tortoiseshell

    This is not the tortoiseshell butterfly you see on the garden buddleia which is actually rare in Dordogne but the larger golden cousin of the woodlands. The Large Tortoiseshell is common in Dordogne and the best time to see it is now (or even as early as mid February) when butterflies emerge from hibernation - like this battered little male. A later brood emerges in mid summer but relatively few are seen as they spent time in the treetops and soon retire to hibernation. Once found in UK though always scarce, it is now possibly making a comeback with butterflies regularly reported in recent years on the Isle of Wight. It is indeed a handsome butterfly with black underwings.


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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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