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Species Page Guide

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To aid users of mobile devices as well as those with a mouse or laptop finger pad this site uses a simple image-based menu system. Virtually every picture you see (images and photos) are links to more information arranged in a sort of top-down structure. See an image, click or tap on it to open a new page.

  • The aim of this section is to:

    • Provide a starting point for identifying a species you have seen or to find information about a species you are wanting to see

    These aims are achieved by:

    • Providing a logical step by step 'top down' approach to finding a species featured in the Nature of Dorset database
    • Providing a set of database query tools to aid identification (currently on flowering plants and trees/shrubs)
    • Providing an alphabetical index of species so one can find information about a species directly and quickly

    This section can be used for:

    • Getting help with the identification of a species you have seen
    • Accessing information about species you may wish to see including where and when to see it

    From this home page you can: 

    Access the SPECIES guide for details of over 1,500 species recorded in Dorset; animals and plants. For many that I have recorded there is a description, some basic information, some photographs, a distribution map and links to similar species. Use the SPECIES guide if you: 

      • Want to find out where to see a specific species
      • Want a guide as to the species you can see in Dorset
      • Want help identifying something you have seen

    Access the IDENTIFICATION guide for an alternative method of identifying plants using specific attributes such as colour, month of flowering, habitat seen in and more. Use the IDENTIFICATION guide if you: 

      • Want to identify a plant you have seen in flower
      • Want to identify a tree from its flower, leaf, bark, shape etc.
      • Want to identify another form of plant other than flowers and trees (coming soon!)

    Access the INDEX guide for an alphabetic list of all the 1,500 plus species in the database. There are some filters to helo search and manage the list to find what you are looking for. Use the INDEX if you: 

      • Know what species you are looking for information about and want a quick route to it
      • Want to see what species in a related group I have recorded

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

    Species Index

    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



    Help with identification of some species types using 'filters' to narrow your options:

    • Use size, colour, habitat, time of year, etc to identify a bird
    • Use colour, habitat, time of year, flower type, etc to identify a wild flower
    • Use flower, leaf, fruit, bark, etc to identify trees or shrubs