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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.

Whilst the Nature of Dorset is built on a 'top down' structure to guide people to the information they want I recognise that to some people that process will be a bit tedious! For this reason I am including an alphabetic Table of Contents which will lead you straight to a page that you want to see. This could be useful if you have visited this site before and found a particular section that interests you and you want to find it again quickly on your return. Of course, you may just want a quick overview of the site and what it contains. What ever your reason I hope its useful!


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A Guide to Dorset Habitats

The various habitat types found in Dorset, where to find them and the species associated with those habitats.

Alphabetic Index of Species

Know what species you are looking for? The species index is the quickest way to the information on the Nature of Dorset. Search the database and select the species.

Finding Species from the Top Down
  • A 'top down' approach to wildlife identification. Start by choosing from six basic groups of animals and plants and then work your way down to a list of possible species.

A guide to the Nature of Dorset, Dorset and nature!


A guide to the natural habitats of Dorset

Keep up to date with the Nature of Dorset NEWSDESK ...

The nature of Dorset yesterday in tweets, photographs and maps along with other sources of news of nature conservation and general wildlife interest

My Books

My Nature Notes Grouped by Theme into On-line Books

Natural England
Nature Notes from Dorset

I try to write a Nature Note each day about a species or place found in Dorset.

Nature Reserves and Wild Places in Dorset

The nature reserves and wild places of Dorset

Photograph Gallery

Other nature enthusiasts are welcome to share their wildlife photographs via Twitter for the added pleasure of the site's visitors.


The nature reserves and wild places of Dorset

Reserves Index
Reserves Map
Sites Alpha
Sites of Special Scientific Interest
Sites of Species Scientific Interest in Dorset

The sites of special scientific interest designated in Dorset shown on a map or as an alphabetical list. Also a link to the Natural England website where there is more information about the legal status of site protection.


Finding or identifying species in Dorset

Species Index
SSSI Index
Tools to Aid Species Identification

An alternative approach to species identification using the 'filter' capabilities of database technology. Select options from lists and see possible species matching your selections displayed.

Trees and Shrubs
Wild Flowers