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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • an early Painted Lady...

    There are quite a few butterflies flying here in Dordogne with the fine weather. Early in the week I found my first Scarce Swallowtail of the year here in the garden at Maurens. Late this afternoon I found a smallish nymphalid butterfly fluttering high up around the trunk of our large cedar. I did not have my binoculars initially and thought it probably a small Red Admiral so I went to get them and fortunately the butterfly was still there resting on a branch when I returned. In fact it was a little male Painted Lady, my first of the season. Two have already been recorded this year in Dordogne on the Faune Aquitaine website - at the end of February. Looking at the records for the other Aquitaine departments, there are several tens of records so far in 2019, which is more than normal. Perhaps we'll get another "Painted Lady summer" - you never know !


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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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