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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • lizards & lavender

    I've been trying to revive the butterfly-attracting plants around the garden such as buddleia, lavender and sedum as well as planting others such as rosemary, honeysuckle, verbena and thyme. Last year there seemed to be very few butterflies in general, with Meadow Browns most regular. It's not too different this year but I have also recorded species such as Southern White Admiral, Marbled White, Common Blue, Mallow Skipper, Brown Argus and Glanville Fritillary - probably due to a few areas of rough grassland I've left at the end of the garden as mini hay meadows.

    Anyway, last year in March the builder's accidently destroyed what I thought was a Lady Orchid from its large basal leaves, but this year just across the narrow path a Lizard Orchid has reared its beautiful head amongst one of our lavender patches (see below).

    The flowers really do look like little whitish lizards hanging down. I found it as I was checking a Wall Brown that had come to visit the flowers. Looking back I think my "Lady" last year must have been a "Lizard". So that makes four species of orchid I've found in the garden including the Green-winged and Tongue Orchids plus Autumn Lady's Tresses. I've also found leaves of two more possible species as well, so hopefully other species will appear over the years as we "re-wild" areas.

    I thought the only lizards I'd see here would be the Western Green and European Wall Lizards which scuttle around the paths and grasslands !


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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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