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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • orchid bonanza !

    This spring I've decided to "re-wild" the garden a bit. Last year we arrived here in March and there was not much time to plan how to develop the garden for wildlife. This year there's plenty of time! I found two orchids species last year growing in the lawn and so, mainly based on these areas I've decided to let areas grow as wild grassland with a late cut (cuttings removed) in October/November. Hopefully that will help the flowers and invertebrates - and so everything else up the foodchain. I've been keeping an eye on orchid leaves coming up and found one particularly dense "mat" of leaves in what I call the "reserve area" (Green Lizard, various orchids found etc.) a month or so ago. Well this week they started flowering and they are Tongue Orchids! Not a particularly unusual species here in Dordogne (however I only saw one plant near our old house at Mauzac, on Cabant Hill). this species isn't tied to limestone like many orchids, but it is still very pleasing.

    Since then my son Joseph has found some other orchids (one was a broomrape) and he's marked them with a stick so I don't cut them when I mow the grass.


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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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