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Identification Page Guide

  • The aim of this section is to:

    • Provide a logical approach to (currently plant) species identification usable by anyone without the need for specialist knowledge often required to use traditional keys

    These aims are achieved by:

    • Providing a comprehensive list of species that have been commonly found in Dorset as a basis for interrogation
    • Providing filters that can be used to reduce the full database to a list of possible candidate species for further consideration
    • Providing photographs and other information that can be used to select the species under examination from the reduced list if candidtaes

    This section can be used for:

    • Identifying birds
    • Identifying flowering plants
    • Identifying trees and shrubs

    From this home page you can: 

    • Select which of the identification guides you wish to use 
    • Use the 'filters' that appear at the top of the display: click on the down arrow next to the filter box and a list of options appear and then you can select from that list, click 'apply' and all species matching your filter will appear. For example, you have seen a yellow flower whilst walking in woodland in April. There are filters for colour, habitat and month on the wild flower identification tool. If you select yellow, woodland and April you will see which species in the database meet ALL of the criteria.
    • The criteria available for each tool is as follows:


      • month seen
      • general plumage colouring
      • size
      • habitat type where it was seen
      • family the bird belongs to 

    Flowering Plants:  

      • colour of the flower
      • month of flowering
      • habitat type where it was found
      • botanical family the flower belongs to

    Trees and Shrubs: 

      • winter profile
      • summer profile
      • bark
      • twig and bud
      • leaf
      • flower
      • seed
      • cross section of trunk

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


    Wild Flowers

    Trees and Shrubs