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By Brian Cave - Sunday, May 24, 2015

  There are 32 species of broomrape listed in the new work on the flora of  France (Flora Gallica by Tison & Foucault). There are 26 in the older Flora… Read more…

Bee and Woodcock orchids

By Brian Cave - Thursday, May 21, 2015

 These two orchids are common enough in our area (40 km north of Cahors).  A is the Woodcock (Ophrys scolopax) and B is the Bee (Ophrys apifera).  [scolopax is the… Read more…

The Strawberry tree – Arbutus unedo

By Brian Cave - Saturday, October 25, 2014

I felt sure for several years that they were strawberry trees,  but until they flowered and fruited there was always an uncertainty.   Here to the left is the proof.  Why… Read more…

The Hatchet Vetch – A rare species in France

By Brian Cave - Monday, July 1, 2013

In Latin Securigera coronilla. The dull spring and early summer has been a season of sweaters and long trousers. Rain has delayed the hay harvests,  and the vegetation is high… Read more…

Orchid eaten by caterpillar

By Brian Cave - Sunday, May 5, 2013

  The tongue orchid produces no nectar.   Yet in the tubular hollow formed by the petals one can  find from time to time insects of various kinds.  Tiny beetles can… Read more…

Our wayside Violets

By Brian Cave - Friday, March 8, 2013

When the scented violet comes to flower, I feel that spring has come at last.  The long sad winter fades as here on the 8th March, the violets spring to… Read more…

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With a life's experience of teaching field studies in the Forest of Dean, Brian Cave explores the ecology of rural France. More Info

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