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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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An English Naturalist in France

An English Naturalist in France

Th Dock Bug Coreus marginatus

September 16, 2014 by Brian Cave

The Dock Bug is common enough.  It is far from spectacular.  In the photo below it  is sitting on some deer dung.  Whether it gains any nutriment from that I… Read more…

Categories: Hemiptera, Insects

A young diablotin – a species of Praying Mantis

July 26, 2014 by Brian Cave

  If it hadn’t moved I would not have seen it.  It was less than one centimetre in length and almost totally transparent. It is an extremely young specimen of… Read more…

Categories: Trees

Marchantia polymorpha

July 8, 2014 by Brian Cave

     This rather weird looking liverwort  is reasonably common,  but it is always a pleasure to find it, because to me is always seems so exotic.  The little reproductive  reproductive… Read more…

Categories: Liverworts

The green lizard – Larcerta viridis

February 24, 2014 by Brian Cave

     Not uncommon, we see these lizards in the scrub areas at the edge of the fields and also in the polytunnel where my daughter grows her nursery stock… Read more…

Categories: Green Lizard, Reptiles

Coatis wild in France

January 10, 2014 by Brian Cave

   Last September   [click for link] I wrote about the Genette , a picture of which was captured on my ‘scouting’ camera in the woods.  I also commented on… Read more…

Categories: Animals, Coati

Large Tortoiseshell in December

December 16, 2013 by Brian Cave

         Extraordinary -  Fluttering on the bathroom window  on the fifteenth of December  2013.  It must have awakened from hibernation.  Where had it been hiding?   The bathroom is always… Read more…

Sex in Ground Beetles

November 24, 2013 by Brian Cave

As some might know I have been studying the activity of ground beetles throughout the year.  ‘Pitfall’ traps are examined nearly every day and the trapped beetles counted, marked with… Read more…

Slug poo and toadstools

November 8, 2013 by Brian Cave

         Two common slugs [Arion hortensis above and Arion subfuscus below] sitting on  Lactarius quietus.   This toadstool is a common mycorrhizal associate of the pubescent oak. But it… Read more…

Categories: Fungi, Mushrooms, Slugs, Toadstools

Caesar’s mushroom

October 12, 2013 by Brian Cave

Caesar’s Mushroom, l’oronge’ — in Italian l’ovolo -Latin – Amanita caesarea. Under the row of tall pubescent oaks  which mark the boundary of his garden, my friend the General has… Read more…

Categories: Fungi, Mushrooms, Toadstools

Genette – An odd French cat-like animal

August 27, 2013 by Brian Cave

In August 2013 inhabitants of Gourdon were alarmed or intrigued with reports that a Lemur had been seen in the town.  I felt certain at the time *see note below*… Read more…

Categories: Animals, Genette