Category: France

France, June 2018

After a 3-year break, we finally managed to return to France. We had something of an agenda meeting various people so we were partly playing tourist and partly odonata (and orchid) hunters. We knew we would visit our favourite dairy

Posted in 2018, France, Trip reports

La Tourbière des Dauges, July 2015

I learned of La Tourbière des Dauges a few years ago from an internet acquaintance also keen on Odos, one Nick Ransdale of Moulismes Nature. A few years ago we visited another tourbières [peat digging], Les Tourbières de Vendoire, and

Posted in 2015, France, Trip reports

Fanjeaux Area, Jun 2014

A.k.a. France 2014, Part 3. Inevitably, like addicts, we were bound once again for our favourite campsite on a dairy sheep farm, Les Brugues, at Fanjeaux. Actually, suffering from Tramontane tiredness, we were quite keen to leave French Catalonia and

Posted in 2014, France, Trip reports

French Catalonia, Jun 2014

A.k.a. France 2014, Part 2. After our return to Provence looking for dragonflies, we spent four days at Loupian near the Bassin de Thau for a spot of rest and relaxation, including some photographic exercise for Carol. Then we were

Posted in 2014, France, Trip reports

Provence, Jun 2014

A.k.a. France 2014: Part 1. We had no trip to France hunting Odos in 2013, other than a 1-day pause at the Marais Poitevin en route to Spain in early August. Last year’s miss was due mainly to my having

Posted in 2014, France, Trip reports

Marais Poitevin, Aug 2013

August 2013 broke our mould in several respects. Firstly, we were straying away from home during the height of rugrat season. Secondly, we would be experiencing the height of summer in Spain, our ultimate destination, for the very first time.

Posted in 2013, France, Trip reports

La Brenne & the Pinail, Jul 2012

Not that we’re stuck in a rut or anything, but we actually called in to Parc naturel régional de la Brenne twice during our 2012 spring trip to France. The first occasion was for a single night on our way south.

Posted in 2012, France, Trip reports

Marais Poitevin, Jun 2012

Continuing our unusually slow trek back north during our 2012 spring trip to France, we called in at another favourite haunt of ours: the Marais Poitevin. A marais is a marsh and, rather like the Somerset levels, this French marsh

Posted in 2012, France, Trip reports

Les Tourbières de Vendoire, Jun 2012

View Dragonfly Sites, France in a larger map La tourbe is French for peat and les tourbières are peat diggings. Les Tourbières de Vendoire lie in the Périgord vert region near the small village of Vendoire, north-west of the gastronomically

Posted in 2012, France, Trip reports

Fanjeaux Area, Jun 2012

This area holds a special place in our hearts because of a delightful campsite on a dairy sheep farm run by an equally delightful French couple, Luc and Nadine Vialaret. The campsite is perched beside farmer Luc’s irrigation lake, created

Posted in 2012, France, Trip reports
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