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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • butterflies of Spain...and south-west France

    On my regular trips to Spain on holiday I regularly see Tree Grayling and Lang's Short-tailed Blue, both common species in Iberia. In Dordogne these two species are much more difficult to find. Tree Grayling is found in the extreme west of the department in the sandy pine woods and it is just hanging on on the dry limestone causse in the extreme east. Sightings of Lang's Short-tailed Blue are slowly increasing in the extreme south-west of the department. However if I travel to the west coast beyond Bordeaux both species are quite common. A week or so ago I was walking in a firebreak amongst the pines by Arcachon Bay where i came across several Tree Graylings and one Lang's Short-tailed Blue. Both are typically late summer / autumn species.


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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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