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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Tulips

    Ok these aren't Wild Tulips (shown below in our garden), but it's a reminder that it's the tulip season and are there are some interesting wine chateaux and orchard sites between Bergerac and Bordeaux with fine colonies. The origin of these tulips here may date back to Roman times when vines were imported from Italy. There are various species of red and yellow but also a delicate pink species. For details of where to see these glorious blooms see my recent "Croosbill Guides: Dordogne" written wth Frank Jouandoudet. There are also a few sites on the limestone causse with Wild Tulip ssp. australis in a more natural context. They are similar to those of my garden but with narrower strappy leaves and thinner more ragged flowers. At this time of year in Bergerac there is always a field of cultivated tulips on the old Bordeaux Road by Lidl. The tulips are sold in aid of the "Tulips Contra Cancer" charity.


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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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