A Scarce Large Blue Day

12th August 2017 The weather is calm, cloudy and warm at Les Tourbières de Vendoire; a good day for looking for the scarce large blue Phengaris teleius butterfly, a species now restricted to only a handful of locations in western France. The French name l’azuré de la sanguisorbe is more fitting as the food plant of the freshly emerged caterpillarContinue reading “A Scarce Large Blue Day”

Les Tourbières de Vendoire

There is little to suggest that the habitats around the winding, river Lizonne near Vendoire on the borders of the Charente and Dordogne are in any way special. There is the occasional, brown-watered pond and impenetrable grassland amongst the ever present lines of willow and poplar. However, the alkaline fens of Les Tourbières de Vendoire form a thin seam of ecologicalContinue reading “Les Tourbières de Vendoire”