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Recorded sightings and contributed photographs

I am far from being the only wildlife enthusiast here in Dorset! There are a number of others who have a keen interest and spend hours visiting the wonderful natural places in Dorset, recording what they see and taking superb photographs. Some of this number post their main records and best photographs on Twitter and Facebook and the Nature of Dorset is able to pick up these valuable contributions to public knowledge and recycle them in various ways to help them reach a wider audience.

As well as re-tweeting and sharing posts on Facebook to widen their exposure the Nature of Dorset also stores these records and photographs, indexes them and displays them linked to the sites where they were seen and by species. This enhances and expands the information I have collected for many sites and species myself and, therefore, enables visitors to the Nature of Dorset website to find out much more about the county's wildlife and nature reserves. The main database of records is available to interrogate in several ways and there is a map of the sites that receive the most coverage as these tend to be the best sites in the county. You will also find records and photographs on species information pages where it is available.  

The number of records and photographs increases daily and if you want the latest news then the first page of the database will give you a list of the most recent observations. If you are interested in historical data for research or just for general interest then there is an ever growing wealth of information available.

I am sure I have not identified all of the active amateur naturalists at work in the county. If your tweets or Facebook posts are not included and you would like them to be please let me know via the website contact form, there is a link to the contact form at the bottom of every page. 

Some of the contributed records of sightings have excellent photographs associated with them. If you would like to see these photographs CLICK HERE.


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An index of species for which we have received contributed sightings in Dorset. Click on any species to see the details of those sightings. If you have a particular interest you can filter the index for just birds, mammals, reptiles, butterflies, flowers and so on.


Some of the Twitter contributors we monitor have favourite sites that they frequently visit and record at. These sites have far more coverage than the others and so I have identified them on a location map. Not only do these sites have the most records they are amongst the best places to visit in Dorset.


At the end of each month I write a short summary of the wildlife activity in Dorset as seen by, and reflected by, the posts on Twitter from those contributors I follow. Each summary is accompanied by a list of species seen ans some charts to help visualise the month's data in graphical form.


The people whose Twitter feed I follow to find sighting records with a summary of their contributed tweets and photographs. 


A gallery of pphotographs submitted with tweets that I have collected to help people with identifiaction of species they may have seen.


Examine the sighting records data by generating your own reports, charts and maps using powerful database filters.


Access the DIARY for the complete database of records and photographs. Use the DIARY if you:

    • Want to see what is about in Dorset at the moment
    • Want to review what has been happening nature-wise in the county in recent weeks or months (bird migration arrivals, insect emergance, flowers coming in to bloom, etc)
    • Want to look at long term trends for species or sites (first dates in spring, last dates in autumn, duration of stays for rare species, etc.)

Access the MAP for the location of the sites that receive the most coverage. Use the MAP if you:

    • Want to see the best places to visit and where they are
    • Want to see the what you may find at these top sites
    • Want a better understanding of the top sites in Dorset 

Access the CONTRIBUTORS list for an index of the active Twitter and Facebook posters I follow. Use the CONTRIBUTORS list if you

    • Want to see if you are one of the people I follow and feature on th Nature of Dorset
    • Want to see all of the recorded sightings from a particular contributor
    • Want to see all of the photographs from a particular contributor