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Finding or Identify Species

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An alphabetical index of all the species featured in the Nature of Dorset:

  • Access basic information about any species that interests you
  • See photographs of the species (where available) to help with identification
  • See a distribution map, time charts, and much more


A top down approach to tracing groups of species or a particular species:

  • Start by selecting from one of six types of animal or plant
  • The select from categories within that section
  • Continue to family level and to species level if required


Some plants are associated with certain habitat types which may help you identify a species:

  • First select one from one of eight primary habitats types; woodland, scrub, heath, etc
  • Then selects from one of the sub-divisions of that habitat and see the plants associated with it
  • It is not as hard as it sounds and is a good way to identify plants when other factors fail!


Still struggling? If you are on one of Dorset's nature reserves why not try its species list in the SITES section - may be someone else has recorded it there?

This section is intended to help people who have seen an animal or plant and want to identifying it. For those with a particular interest my offerings here may help them pursue that interest and perhaps help them find a species they particularly want to see; most often this will be people planning to visit the county. In putting this together I have tried to make it as non-technical as I can so that anyone can use it but I expect some specialists will cringe at what I have done! This is not a scientific work, this is to help beginners and casual observers answer questions they may have.