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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Woodland Brown surprise

    The Woodland Brown is a rare species in Dordogne and in fact Europe as a whole. It was only 're-discovered' in Dordogne by a group staying at our gite around 2012 when they visited the Rouffignac Cave to see the prehistoric paintings. Yesterday I was doing a little butterflying with a regular visitor Margaret Mills, when we found one of these special butterflies near my former home in Mauzac. Walking through the wood I saw a smallish brown butterfly fluttering in front of us and thought initially that it was a Meadow Brown suffering a bit in the heat. It settled and to my amazement it was a Woodland Brown - at a place I have walked through hundreds of times between 2003 and the present day. Just goes to show...


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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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