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The aim of this section is to:

  • Provide information about a specific species of animal or plant that can be found in Dorset

These aims are achieved by:

  • Providing a primary species photograph that is used in a variety of places as an 'icon' or link for the species
  • Providing a short statement of the species status in Dorset
  • Providing a 'blog' article written by the Nature of Dorset about the species (not 00% coverage!)
  • Providing further photographs, a distribution map, record analysis charts and listings of records where available

This section can be used for:

  • Accessing detailed information about a particular species of animal or plant
  • Helping with identification by reference to various photographs of the species
  • Reviewing the general distribution of this species across Dorset
  • Finding the best places to see this species in Dorset
  • Establishing what time of year is best for seeing this species in Dorset
  • Monitoring trends in population levels and behaviour of this species in Dorset
  • Increasing ones general knowledge of this species within Dorset

From the home page you can:

  • Access detailed information about the species by clicking/tapping one of the provided thumbnails (see below) 
  • See other species in the same family or logical group for comparative purposes
These links are provided to a more detailed level of information: 

Read my nature notes about this species

These two maps display the locations in Dorset where the species has been seen. This may be useful if you are looking to find the species. Clicking on the pin of a location will show you details of the site where directions to it can be found. 

These reports give detailed listings of the places where the species has been recorded. This is much the same information that is displayed on the map option but it is in a form more suitable for printing out should you need a copy. 

There is one chart that shows the number of contributed records for the species in each month of the year. This may help indicate the best time of the year to see the species.

The photographs option will display all submitted photographs for the species, not all species have additional photographs but many do. This can be useful to help with familiarising yourself with a species looks like so you will know it when you see it! It can also help with identifying a species you have seen somewhere.

This option displays the most recent records for this species up to a maximum of thirty. 

This is the option that brought you here!