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A guide to submitting records to the Nature of Dorset database

How to submit records and photographs:

  • Records can (currently) only be submitted via Twitter for which there is an available utility for importing tweets into the Nature of Dorset website. At the present time no such utility exists for Facebook, Instagram or any other social media platform.
  • I need to know that you want your records included so that I can add you to the list of Twitter accounts that are followed. You can notify me via a Twitter message/post or by using the contact form on the Nature of Dorset website.
  • You can also submit records by tweeting directly to @natureofdorset

Every contributor has their own 'home' page which can be found at Records and Photos>Contributors and then select from the available grid of avatars. If you wish you can copy and paste the URL of your home page into the website field in your Twitter profile so that you and your followers can access it easily.

Some simple rules for tweets:

  • Tweets should be for current sightings only (the last day or so) and not historical records
  • Tweets should contain both a species name and a location
  • Records for all animals and plants are welcome, not just birds. Only positive identifications will be included.
  • For birds only notable records are required - notable means all records for vagrant or rare species, species on migration, overwintering species, breeding records or anything unusual
  • Multiple species can be included in one tweet but:
    • They should fit within the allowed tweet length, shortened links do not import and anything beyond the standard tweet length will be lost
    • If you cannot get everything into one tweet split it across two or more
    • Recognisable abbreviations may be used to help keep within the allowed tweet limit
    • Photographs of lists/notice boards do not work well nor do links to other websites or blogs
    • Counts can be included and for regularly monitored sites these will be stored and tabulated within the Nature of Dorset
  • When specifying a location remember:
    • If you are submitting multiple species they must all be for the same location, multiple locations in one tweet does not work!
    • Only locations in Dorset are going to get included
    • Your tweet may be tagged to a nearby location for the purposes of display on distribution maps, people can see from your tweet a more exact location if appropriate
    • Avoid using exact locations for sensitive species, general 'Dorchester area' or similar will do but avoid being too vague as in 'west Dorset'
    • Avoid using 'my garden' or 'my patch' as people will not necessarily know where your garden or patch is. You can use your Twitter profile geographic location to provide this information
  • If you want to post photographs for inclusion:
    • Ensure your Twitter profile allows the sharing of your photographs
    • Only post one photograph per tweet and the tweet should only mention the record/location of the submitted species photograph
    • Not all submitted photographs are included in the Nature of Dorset database. Preference will be given to good quality images, images of species that do not already have a number of photographs submitted, and photographs that show a unique feature, an alternative view or other relevant factor that will aid identification for site visitors
    • Accepted photographs will not only be stored in the Nature of Dorset database but will also be re-posted on Twitter and to the Nature of Dorset Facebook page and so will reach a wider audience