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Recorded sightings and contributed photographs


Since January 2017 the Nature of Dorset has been accumulating reported sightings of animals and plants from various nature enthusiasts in the county that have been made public via Twitter. These tweets now form quite an extensive database of records and photographs which can be viewed as lists, maps, charts and images. This database hopefully fulfils three main functions:

  1. To enable interested parties to see what is being seen and what is happening in Dorset's natural world now. This is done through the 'Newsdesk' section and focuses on records accumulated in recent days. Anyone who likes to get out and see what's about will find this a useful way to decide where to go for the most interesting experience

  2. Some people with have specific interests or be targeting a particular species and will want to know when and where is a good time and place to pursue their interest or find their target. The history of records in the database with associated maps and charts will hopefully enable them to further their interests and achieve their aims. Both the 'Newsdesk' and 'Research' sections will be of use in this regard.
  3. Although the database can in no way be considered science the accumulation of species sightings may be of benefit to those involved in research or teaching. Students undertaking environmental studies may find it useful as, too, may schools who wish to provide their class with nature based projects. Use the 'Research' section to unlock the potential of the database.

It is believed that this freely available Nature of Dorset resource is the only publicly available source of records covering everything from mammals to insects and flowering plants to fungi. The records can be accessed by species, by location, by date and by contributor and in addition to some standard lists, maps and charts there is an option for the user to build their own versions to suit their specific needs. Lists created can also be downloaded to the users own computer for further analysis.

These random reported sightings supplement and extend the more systematic records from survey work that is also to be found on the Nature of Dorset. Whilst covering all forms of life, animal and vegetable, the reports are dominated by birds whereas the more systematic records focus more on vegetation, insects and habitat. The record data is integrated with the sites and species contained in the REFERENCE section as well as being available through this RECORDS section.

Following a couple of enquiries from people wanting to know if they can submit their records to the Nature of Dorset an extension to this section, the 'List Builder', is currently under construction and should be available by early summer which hopefully will increase even further the benefits to be had from this database of Dorset's animals and plants.


Records Menu: 

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What is currently being seen and where?


Research the records database for trends
and distributions within species and sites.


Contributed photographs of many of the
species found in Dorset