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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Two years too late...

    This was the species (Heath Lobelia) that should have appeared as a photo in the Dordogne Crossbill Guide published two years ago. It is such a pretty plant. Dirk Hilbers, the Director at Crossbill and myself were looking around for a photo of this lovely wildflower at the time and realised we didn't have one on our files, and the last flowering season before the book was to be published was over! It's an interesting plant as it is typical of the Atlantic region of Europe. In the Dordogne guide there is a map of Europe showing this and the two other biogeographical regions which occur in Dordogne: Continental and Mediterranean. In the end this species was represented by a small colour painting, with the Continental region being represented by a Black Woodpecker and the Mediterranean region by an Ocellated Lizard. See page 69 for more details!

    Last week-end we were over on the west coast on Arcachon Bay and I found an unusally dense colony of the species in the mown grassland around a model-aircraft runway, adjacent to the main aerodrome at Andernos-les-Bains. It was too good a chance to miss...even if two years too late!


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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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