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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • White Storks

    White Storks are on the increase in Dordogne. There are now over a dozen pairs along the Isle river between Libourne and Périgueux. They are also increasing elsewhere in France and more locally around Bordeaux and the west coast in general. In their once last stronghold of Alsace in NE France they have become so common that people are starting to complain about damage to houses from the large nests! This population increase is however generally welcomed and it means that we are more and more likely to see the species in our part of Dordogne (the south). The other day I took a small group to Faux Plateau and we came across this small group which spent half and hour feeding along the banks of Lac de la Nette near issigeac, before flying on westward. Not only White Storks but also the shy, wary, Black Stork is increasing and may be nesting now in some quiet out-of-the-way flooded forest in Aquitaine. During my recent holiday in Spain, Joseph (my son) and me found a White Stork at the Sebes nature reserve at Flix where they have recently been successfully re-introduced. This area is a reedbed along the Ebro River where white Camargais horses have been introduced to graze, creating open habitat for the storks (and other birds) to feed. Platforms have been erected for nesting storks and the local stork population goes from strength to strength. It's not only happening in the UK! At several likely sites in southern Dordogne nest platforms have been also been erected and we hope to soon be able to report on the first breeding attempts here as well.


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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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