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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • an orchid by accident

    On one of my regular rambles locally, mainly searching for butterflies, I stumbled across this lovely orchid sadly starting to "go over" a bit. However like the Bug Orchid I recently discussed in this blog, it was the aroma which attracted my attention to it. The Fragrant Orchid has a similar vanillary scent and these two species are some of the few European orchids which have a perfume. They are quite a late flowering species - meaning June here - and are generally a limestone grassland species, so we are fortunate to have them here as we only have fairly small enclaves of this geology locally.


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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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