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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • old tractors and orchids

    I thought this was a nice combination: an abandoned tractor with orchid garden. It just so happens that one of the few colonies of Common-spotted Orchid in Dordogne is in our little valle. It IS a common species in UK but here it is rare and so rather an exciting find. The old tractor somehow adds to the scene I think.

    So far this spring I've found around fifteen orchid species locally which is not bad for a predominantly sandy area. Most recent addition to the garden list is Lizard Orchid.

    Tomorrow I'm visiting local botanist Corine Oosterlee to search for the even rarer Frog and Bug Orchids (great names!) back in my old stamping ground near Mauzac. It'll be my first real trip out since the lockdown was relaxed last week. Report to follow!


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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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