How can we help you find what you are looking for?


Click/tap your selection to move to the next level down:

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


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.


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


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.