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Dordogne Wildlife Diary


Welcome to my Dordogne Wildlife Diary


In it you will find regular wildlife sightings in the département of Dordogne, notably of birds and butterflies in southern Dordogne where I live. In adddition there will be occasional references to neighbouring départements 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.

signs of spring

By audave2505, Jan 9 2021 05:05PM

I had a walk around our plot today (Saturday 9 Jan) and found a few encouraging signs of spring. A pale violet in flower on the south-facing bank beyond our boundary hedge, some bitter-cresses and a wild strawberry flowering in sheltered sunny spots and four basal leaf rosettes of Lizard Orchids on the southern, more wild half of the lawn. In the photo you can see the orchid surrounded by cyclamen leaves - a species that ony finished flowering a month or two ago. I found other unknown orchid leaves possibly Greater Butterfly, but no sign yet of our Tongue or Green-winged Orchids or the Autumn Lady's Tresses. It has been cold and frosty most nights recently but the afternoons can be surprisingly warm in a sheltered sunny spot...but not enough for butterflies quite yet!

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