Welcome to the Nature of Dorset in SUMMARY (mobile) mode ...


I want to ...

... use the FULL version of the Nature of Dorset

By default we show a SUMMARY version of the Nature of Dorset aimed primarily at mobile users.

If you are using a desktop computer or a laptop then you might like to switch to the FULL version where you can:

  1. Get much more information about the nature reserves and hot-spots in Dorset
  2. Get in depth information about species and where and when they can be seen
  3. Interrogate the records database and produce your own reports, charts and distribution maps
  4. See additional reports and galleries relating to all aspects of the nature of Dorset
  5. Access the resources section where there are articles to read and projects to get involved in
  6. Do much, much more ...!

If you choose to stay in mobile SUMMARY mode swipe left or right to see the mobile version which helps answer some specific needs you may have when out in the field:

  1. Identify a species using the on-line FIELD GUIDE
  2. Identify a species based on where you are now
  3. See what has been recorded recently and where
  4. Get information about a site you may want to visit 

Computer users can use the SUMMARY version if they wish of course and mobile users can use the FULL version but some pages may be heavy on resources.

... identify a species using your pictorial Field Guide

Use a combination of filters to reduce the options and lead you to a potential identification. There are currently identification guides for:

  1. Birds
  2. Flowers
  3. Trees

... identify a species based on where I am now

One way of identifying a species is to see if anyone else has recorded the species at the site where you are.

  1. Tap/click the icon to go to the sites index
  2. Swipe right or left to find the first letter of the site you want
  3. Tap/click the name of the site you want
  4. Select a species group or sub-group from the lists provided
  5. Swipe right or left through the species for that group or sub-group seen at your site
  6. Tap/click on a photo to find out more about that  species

... see what species have been reported recently

Keep up with the news and see the most interesting species recorded in the last five or so days:

  1. Tap/click the icon to go to the diary
  2. Swipe right or left to review the what species have been seen, where and when

... get information about a site I want to visit

Get directions, sat-nav coordinates, and even see where your site is on a map: 

  1. Tap/click the icon to go to the sites locator
  2. Swipe right or left to find the first letter of the site you want
  3. Tap/click the name of the site you want

... find where I can see a species I am interested in

Want to track down a species of animal or plant you want to see?

  1. Select the type of animal or plant
  2. Then refine your search
  3. Select the group of species within the type you chose
  4. Finally select the species you are looking for
  5. A distribution map and a chart showing the number of sightings per site will be shown

This function can also be used as an alternative identification tool by adopting a logical 'top down' approach working through the four levels of class, order, family and genera to arrive at likely identifications. 

This is my personal guide to the nature of Dorset; it is my hobby, not my livelihood and I make no charge for the use of it and there are no advertisements! My aim is to provide you as much information as I can about the best places to find animals and plants in Dorset and to help you identify a species you may have seen or to find a species you are looking for. For those wishing to delve a little deeper there is access to the Nature of Dorset database of reported sightings; species, site, date and observer.