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Habitat Page Guide

  • The aim of this section is to:

    • Provide an introduction to the main types of habitat found in Dorset

    These aims are achieved by:

    • Providing a logical structure adapted from established, more complex, habitat classification systems
    • Providing a visual navigation system to lead the user to the habitat type of interest to them
    • Providing links to species that are considered indicators of a certain habitat type and to other species frequently associated with a habitat type
    • Providing links to sites where examples of the habitat type can be found

    This section can be used for:

    • Gaining an elementary understanding of habitat  classification 
    • Understanding some of the basic characteristics of various common habitat types
    • Understanding the habitat types present in Dorset that influence the animals and plants that can be found here
    • Identifying key plant species that are indicators of a habitat type and other species likely to be found in that habitat type
    • Finding examples of each habitat type to visit
    • Seeing how each habitat type is distributed across Dorset

    From this home page you can: 

    Access the habitat types that occur within these seven general classifications:

    • Woodand: any area where trees are the dominant vegetation
    • Scrub: any area where smaller shrubs dominate
    • Heathland: any areas where woody vegetation such as heathers dominate
    • Grassland: areas with a scattering of tress and shubs but where grass is the dominant vegetation
    • Fresh Water: any area where the vegetaion is strongly influenced by fresh water
    • Coastal: any area where the sea strongly influences the habitat
    • Brownfield: any area where current human activity strongly influences the vegetaion

    You can also use the 'book' format to page them if you wish. 

    There is also a simplistic description of the geological factors that influence the habitats and nature of Dorset:

    • Geology: to understand the way habitats are affected by the underlying geology I have included an eigth section here. The 'geology' link below reveals a geological map of Dorset and some basic information on the main types of underpinning rock and soil in Dorset which affects the nature of Dorset

    Click/tap a habitat picture to move to the next level: