• Fly from London to Bergerac where we meet your 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.
    • A number of Robinson traps will be set up every night, weather permitting, and we will examine the catch the following morning, with plenty of time available to identify and photograph the moths. We will also make use of a mobile trap to explore other interesting habitats nearby.
    • Many of the moths caught will be familiar to British moth trappers, but many of them will be scarce residents or vagrants to Britain and could include species such as orache, pine-tree lappet, Dumeril’s rustic, tree-lichen beauty and Clifden nonpareil. All identification will be of live moths and no specimens will be taken during the week.
    • After lunch back at the hotel or in the field, we will visit different areas of habitat each day in search of butterflies including false grayling, map and silver-spotted skipper, birds such as great white egret and crag martin plus dragonflies and late flowers, amongst the beautiful Dordogne countryside.
    • We should have time for a last morning's look at the moths in the Dordogne and a quick farewell lunch before returning to Bergerac for our flight 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.

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.

Moths

Our early autumn tour should bring good weather and balmy nights – excellent for moth trapping. With more than 500 species of macros recorded in the area the diversity and potential is great. Some species will be familiar to us, but many will be scarce. These could include orache, pine-tree lappet, Dumeril’s rustic, tree-lichen beauty, garden tiger, silky wave, mocha, vestal, buff-tip, great prominent, scarce burnished brass, latin, lychis, setaceous hebrew character, copper underwing, blackneck, passenger, Dewick’s plusia, oak hook-tip, Clifden nonpareil, red underwing and convolvulous hawk-moth.

  • Great prominent
  • Red underwing
  • Cooper underwing
  • Convolvulous hawk-moth

We will also look out for late season butterflies including false grayling, silver-washed fritillary, European swallowtail, map and silver-spotted skipper.

Photography

On the tour we will have plenty of time to identify and photograph the moths we catch in the moth traps.

Flights

Price includes return scheduled flights London – Bergerac – London.

Ground transport

Ground transportation is by minibus, with driver.

  1. September 2014
  2. September 2016
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