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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • cowslips and cuckoo flowers at the cross

    As you rise up the hill onto the Cabant ridge here, there is a metal religious cross on a rather smart stone plinth - the sort of thing you see everywhere in rural France. There is a story that during the last war Maurice Chavalier restored it. His friends - Parisian dancers - lived down the lane in the manor house and it was a regular place for parties amongst theatricals and their friends. Maybe he did it as a favour? Not quite so exotic today - a Franco-Chienese couple own the manor (they live in Peking) and visit with the children once a year during the summer holidays. At least the old buildings are being maintained!

    In spring the cowslips and cuckoo flowers brighten up the old cross - I bet it could tell some stories...


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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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