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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • small fritillary time...

    The small fritillary season has started early this spring with the warm weather, and I am finding a good variety live in the varied habitats around our new house.

    First to emerge were the Weaver's (Violet) Fritillary as previously covered in this blog. Since then the pretty Marsh Fritllary (here on a Pyramidal Orchid) and the plainer orange Meadow Fritillary (similar to the UK Heath Fritillary) have appeared in the little limestone valley, whilst across in the sandy pine forest the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary in now on the wing. Not a bad start to the season which should see at least a couple more small fritillary species before the spring is out...


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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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