• Fly from London to Bergerac where we meet our guide. From here it is about a half-hour drive down to our riverside hotel in Mauzac-et-Grand-Castang.
    • Accommodation: Mauzac, 7-nights on full board basis.
    • Locally we will visit the main river and adjacent streams where we should be able to find all four demoiselle species and the southern damsel. Clubtails and pincertails can be common, and species include the Dordogne speciality the pronged clubtail Gomphus graslinii, yellow and western clubtails and large and small pincertails. The local canal also offers opportunities for damselflies including the western willow spreadwing.
    • We will also visit the pine and mixed forests of the Landais region north of Bergerac. These are quite heathy in places, being on sandy ground
    • There are several reservoirs in the arable zone of SW Dordogne and we will visit at least one where a variety of species can be found, including the orange-spotted emerald and the exotic new arrival the violet dropwing.
    • Whilst concentrating on dragonflies, we will also be on the lookout for other forms of wildlife. This is a good time of year for honey buzzard, hoopoe, golden oriole and turtle dove. For butterflies it is the season for lesser purple emperor, great banded and woodland graylings, spotted fritillary and short-tailed blue.
  1. We should have time for a morning in the Dordogne and a farewell lunch before returning to Bergerac for our flight back to London.

All prices are per person and include:

  • Services of the naturalist leader
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Guided activities

Accommodation

We are based at the cosy riverside Hotel Le Barrage at Mauzac, just upstream from Lalinde, an excellent venue with comfortable rooms, good food and excellent hosts. All rooms are en suite.

Meals

All main meals are included. Dordogne is noted for its excellent cuisine. Breakfast and dinner will be taken at the hotel and lunches in auberges, to sample the local cuisine ‘du terroir,’ or as picnics, depending upon the weather.

Birds

Although we concentrate on dragonflies, this is a good time of year for birds too.

  • Honey buzzard
  • Hoopoe
  • Golden oriole
  • Turtle dove

Insects

Dordogne is an excellent venue for a dragonfly watching holiday with over 60 species recorded. Rare and extinct UK species can be seen, together with exotic and familiar ones. We will look out for Dordogne specialities such as copper demoiselle, orange-spotted emerald and violet dropwing. Species such as black-tailed skimmer, scarlet darter, keeled skimmer, western demoiselle and three featherleg damselflies (blue, white and orange) can be commonly found.

  • Copper demoiselle
  • Violet dropwing
  • Orange-spotted emerald
  • Scarlet darter

We will also keep an eye out for butterflies such as lesser purple emperor, great banded and woodland graylings, map and short-tailed blue.

Scenery

The area is dominated by the classic Dordogne oak forest and limestone meadows, cut through by the majestic River Dordogne. Our tour also takes us into a number of other interesting habitats including river cliffs, arable plains, heathlands and wetlands. The region is studded with pretty honey-coloured villages, ancient churches, chateaux and caves.

Flights

Price includes return scheduled flights London – Bergerac – London.

Ground transport

Ground transportation is by minibus, with driver.

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