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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • first orchids

    The first orchids are now blooming in Dordogne and the commonest early season species is the Green-winged Orchid which is found on most soil types. It can be found in large colonies on meadowland but I was pleased to find a few flowering on our lawn yesterday. Last year just after we bought the house I also saw a Lady Orchid in the garden, so hopefully more species of orchid will show as the season progresses. We are generally on sandy ground here but these are pockets of limestone too, which most orchids prefer.


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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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