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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • frogspawn

    The amphibians are getting active locally with the rising temperatures. Our common local frog is the Agile Frog. It is similar to the Common Frog found in the UK, but with a more pointed snout and longer legs. It is also usually paler with less dark markings. The Agile Frog spawn looks identical to Common Frog spawn, see below.This was a single spawn clump seen last week in a little pond on Cabant hill near where we lived in Mauzac. In the flooded valley bottom near our present house there were fifteen spawn clumps in a small shallow pool a few days ago. The A89 autoroute in Dordogne which runs west-east through the middle of Dordogne, marks the furthest south of Common Frog distribution in this part of France.

    Common Toads have also been active though I have not seen spawn in ponds. The continental species in the south-west of Europe is Bufo spinosus, which has recently been separated from the eastern European and British species Bufo bufo. In the last week of so with the mixed weather and warmer temperatures Mediterranean Tree-frogs have started their rasping calls from gardens in our hamlet.


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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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