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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • fritillaries...

    It's been a good spring for small fritillaries here in Dordogne. In our local small valley I've seen plenty of Weaver's, Meadow, Marsh, Glanville, Knapweed, Heath and Small-Pearl-bordered Fritillaries. One I was hoping to find was Spotted but this is more of a "causse" species than the others and so tends to be found on thin, stoney grasslands which we don't have locally. However on a recent trip to my old stamping ground near Mauzac (orchid-hunting with Corine Oosterlee) we came across a site with many Spotted Fritillaries (first photo - a female with dark greyish forewings) and in a marshy valley nearby the scarce False Heath Fritillary (second photo - a generally dark species), a wetland specialist.


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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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