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Salvias, poppies, euphorbia and irises by the wayside

Salvias, poppies, euphorbia and irises by the wayside

Interesting and attractive species of flowers abound in the countryside and by the roadside. Early in the year wild tulips can be found in the hills behind Mollans and euphorbia, poppies, star of Bethlehem and salvia pratensis are along all the roadsides. Coronilla coats the hillsides and its perfume pervades any walk. Later, wild irises, including a dwarf variety, valerian, a blue flax and white campions take their place. Judas trees and tamarisks add their colour and lime trees their perfume. Broom continues the yellow cladding on the hillsides.
IMG_0273On any preambulation, particularly at night, you may encounter rabbits, foxes, deer, badgers, wild boar and snakes, the adder and the longer (and beautiful) ladder snake . One species of deer to be found on Mont Ventoux is unique to the location (as also are several species of plants). The boar and deer are hunted under regulation in the autumn.
Most of the common birds to be found in north and central Europe, including golden eagles, red and black kites and buzzards, are to be seen in and around the village. Of more interest to ornithologists will be the birds seen only in southern Europe. All the year round you can see the griffin and Egyptian vulture; and, in the summer, the eagle-size bird to be seen hovering overhead like a kestrel, is a short-toed or snake eagle. Summer visitors, in addition to swifts, swallows and house martins, are bee eaters and hoopoes, and if you are lucky you may see the Siberian warbler, the much larger and more colourful golden oriole or the lilac breasted roller.

 

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