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To aid users of mobile devices as well as those with a mouse or laptop finger pad this site uses a simple image-based menu system. Virtually every picture you see (images and photos) are links to more information arranged in a sort of top-down structure. See an image, click or tap on it to open a new page.

  • The aim of this section is to:

    • Provide a starting from from which it should be possible to find any species or site featured on the Nature of Dorset even if you do not know its name

    These aims are achieved by:

    • Providing the starting points for three possible pathways that lead to a specific species or a Dorset nature reserve or wildlife 'hot-spot' 

    This section can be used for:

    • Starting the process of finding a nature reserve or other site by name, by location or by owner/manager
    • Exploring the location and technical details of the Sites of Special Scientific Interest in Dorset
    • Discovering more about the various common habitats found in Dorset, where they are and what species might be found in each
    • Using a structured 'top down' approach to species identification
    • Using an alternative 'query' based approach to species identification
    • Find species information by common or scientific name
    • much more!

    From this home page you can: 

    Access the PLACES section for:

    • details of over 200 nature reserves and wildlife 'hot-spots' in Dorset. For each that I have visited there is a description, some visitor information, some photographs, a location map, a species list and a link to other sites nearby.
    • details of the Sites of Special Scientific Interest in Dorset, there are 139 of them
    • details of the primary habitat types you can encounter in Dorset; the features of each and the animals and plants associated with them.

    Access the SPECIES section for:

    • my 'top down' identification tool, start by selecting the general group of species and work downwards
    • my 'filter' identification tools where you can select key attributes such as colour, habitat, time of year and so on to produce a suggested list of species matching those attributes
    • an aphabetic index of all the species in the Nature of Dorset database with search facitilies for quick access to the species of your choice.

    Access the HABITAT section for:

    • a guide to the habitat types common;y found in Dorset
    • a map to show where each habitat type cab be found in Dirset
    • a list of species associated with each habitat type

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


    All you need to know about the best places in Dorset to see wildlife:

    • 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.



    An introduction to the habitat types commonly found in Dorset:

    • Interested in habitat and habitat classification? Use the top down guide
    • Looking to see where selected habitats occur in Dorset? Use the map
    • Want to know what vegetation forms a particular habitat type? Use the species lists



    A guide to the nature of Dorset and some help with identification:

    • 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