The Touraine Goose is one of the historic products of this region, like the Géline. In the past it was abundant in the Touraine, grown for its meat and the trade in feathers and down for making mattresses and pillows.
The Touraine Goose has similar origins to the other white geese breeds from central France, but had nearly disappeared in recent times. Thanks to the determination of an enthusiast from the Loches area, it has been rediscovered and relaunched in 1990.
The Grape Harvest Goose (l'Oie des vendanges) -- thanks to its rapid growth rate and relatively small size the Touraine Goose is ready to be roasted by the end of the grape harvest.
St Michael's Day (l'Oie de la St Michel) to St Martin's Day Goose -- in the medieval calendar geese are generally slaughtered between St Michael's Day (29 September) and St Martin's Day (11 November). From the 16th century, the goose would be prepared à la anglaise (roasted with sage and onion stuffing) on St Michael's Day, to acknowledge the victory of the English over the Spanish Armada.
Alternatively, you could fatten the goose for a bit longer and have it for St Nicolas's Day (6 December, when gifts were given to children). Nowadays, this tradition has morphed into the Christmas festivities, and the goose has been supplanted by the turkey.
Photos of a Little Egret Egretta garzetta have been added to the Herons and Bitterns Ardeidae page.
A photo has been added to the Marmalade Hover Fly Episyrphus balteatus entry.
Photos have been added to the Meadow Brown butterfly Maniola jurtina entry.
Photos have been added to the Medlar Mespilus germanica entry.
A new entry has been added for Wild Oregano Origanum vulgare.