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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • new orchids

    After being without internet for a couple of weeks I now can get on with the blog - apologies for anyone who was waiting (assuming someone - or some ones - do read this!).

    As everywhere in western Europe, it has been a very mild winter with few frosts here. So plants are growing fast and in fact quite a few species have been flowering all winter. Near the house hellebores planted by previous owners have been flowering for a month now.

    Hannah and me went for a little walk in the hamlet in January and found around ten species of plant in flower - enough to make a mini-posy for mummy Audrey!

    A bit more exciting (for me) was the discovery of large orchid leaves in the rough lawn. So it looks like there are at least two plants of Lady Orchid coming up and another unidentified species. This is pleasing as last year the builders creating the car parking area destroyed our only specimen! As well in the same area there are plenty of Autumn Lady's Tresses leaves from last years plants so hopefully they will be spreading. With luck the Tongue and Green-winged Orchids will come up again later in the spring...and maybe a new species for the garden...


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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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