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Welcome to the Nature of Dorset in FULL (desktop) mode ...


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  • Species

    Help with finding species or identifying something seen:

    • Looking for information on a particular species? Use the alphabetical index
    • Interested in a particular group of species? Use the hierarchical structure
    • Need help with identification? Try the identification aids


  • Places

    Inspiration for places to visit or information for visiting a particular site:

    • Know the place you want to visit? Use the alphbetical index
    • Looking for places to visit in a part of the county? Use the map
    • Want quick guide to where a site is? Use the site site finder


  • Habitats

    Want to know more about the nature of Dorset by understanding the range of habitat types here:

    • An over view of the various habitat classes and types that are found in Dorset
    • View the sites where a particlar habitat occurs in the county
    • View the species particularly associated with a particular habitat in the county
  • Records

    Access the full Nature of Dorset records database where you can:

    • Build your own reports from the data in the records database 
    • Build your own distribution maps and time charts
    • Download data from the database to your own computer for further work


  • News Desk

    The Nature of Dorset newsdesk with the latest news and reports from nature conservation organisations and wildlife enthusiasts from across Dorset :

    • Daily news reports from Portland, Poole Harbour, Christchurch Harbour and beyond
    • A detailed list of sightings with maps, charts and photos
    • General news and announcements of natural history interest from Twitter feeds
  • Resources

    Access a range of other resources on the wider Nature of Dorset:

    • The terms and conditions for the use of this website
    • A guide for users of this website, a guide for visitors to Dorset and a guide to nature in general
    • A range of useful resources including a forum for asking questions, submitting sightings and general discussion

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.