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Some notes about the Nature of Dorset project and the use of this website


To share knowledge and information about the wildlife and wild places of Dorset for the benefit of people in Dorset interested in nature and people elsewhere interested in the nature of Dorset.


This is the personal project of Peter Orchard of Wareham, Dorset and is not part of, or affiliated to, any wildlife organisation, public authority or business. It started in 2006 as a means of storing personal records and photographs, it was made open to public use in 2010 and extended in 2017 to include records from other observers. The site now has over 70,000 visits a year! 


No charge is made for the use of this site and it is provided free of any advertising. The owner of the site bears all of the costs of providing it without deriving any revenue from it. This is a hobby not a business!


The information on this site is derived from freely available resources on the Internet including open posts on Twitter. Whilst not formally subject to copyright users are asked to respect the ownership of the original data and to not use any component if this site for their own personal gain.

Errors and Omissions:

The information contained within this website is provided in good faith and is, hopefully, accurate however the owner of the site accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions that may arise or for any loss a user may incur from using this information.


Information about threatened species or sensitive sites is not provided on this website.

Questions and Suggestions:

The owner of this website will attempt to answer questions from any user of the site but it should be born in mind he is an enthusiastic amatuer and not a professional employed in nature conservation. Constructive comments about improving the website are welcome, negative or destructive comments will be ignored. Use the contact for which can be accessed at the bottom of every page if you wish to get in touch. I do not monitor this site 24/7 but I will get back to you as soon as I reasonably can.


Should any user of the site subsequently decide they would like to contribute to the site they are welcome to submit contributions via the website contact page and, if appropriate, will be published by the site owner.


It is my hope that this website will help you enjoy the nature of Dorset. Please respect the places you visit and the wildlife you see, many of these sites are not intended for dog walking and dogs, if taken, should be kept on leads at all times. Please also respect the Countryside Code and any signs or restrictions that may be imposed on any site from time to time by the site managers.