Welcome to the Nature of Dorset in FULL (desktop) mode ...

 

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  • Species

    Help with finding species or identifying something seen:

    • Looking for a particular species? Use the alphabetical index
    • Interested in a particular group of species? Use the hierarchical structure
    • Need help with identification? Try the identification aids

     

  • Places

    Inspiration for places to visit or information for visiting a particular site:

    • Know the place you want to visit? Use the alphbetical index
    • Looking for options in a part of the county? Use the map
    • Want details of the county's SSSI? Use the SSSI section.

     

  • Records

    Access the full Nature of Dorset records database where you can:

    • Build your own reports, distribution maps and charts of species (or groups of species) seen, where they have been seen and when
    • Build your own gallery of photographs from species records
    • Download data from the database to your own computer for further work

     

  • News Desk

    The Nature of Dorset newsdesk with the latest reports of what species have been seen in Dorset recently:

    • Yesterday's records in lists, maps and charts
    • A list of species seen over the last seven days
    • The most reported species over the last month
  • Resources

    Access a range of other resources on the wider Nature of Dorset:

    • A library of articles and papers about nature in Dorset
    • A range of useful resources and information 
    • Get involved and learn more about wildlife and natural history 
  • Community

    Join the wider Nature of Dorset community on the social Internet:

    • Use the forum to ask questions, make comments and start discussions 
    • Follow the Nature of Dorset on Twitter
    • Join the Nature of Dorset Facebook group or 'like' our page
  • Guidance

    Need help or want to know more about the Nature of Dorset? Visit the guidance section for:

    • The terms and conditions of use
    • A 'visitors' guide for background information about the Nature of Dorset
    • A 'users' guide with some help on how to use some of the features of the Nature of Dorset
  • Mobile

    Switch to the SUMMARY version of the Nature of Dorset:

    • Designed with mobile phones and tablets in mind
    • Focus on applications for use in the field rather than the office
    • Touch screen sensitive, optimised displays and performance enhancements

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This is my personal guide to the nature of Dorset; it is my hobby, not my livelihood and I make no charge for the use of it and there are no advertisements! My aim is to provide you as much information as I can about the best places to find animals and plants in Dorset and to help you identify a species you may have seen or to find a species you are looking for. For those wishing to delve a little deeper there is access to the Nature of Dorset database of reported sightings; species, site, date and observer.