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Recorded sightings and contributed photographs

I am far from being the only wildlife enthusiast here in Dorset! There are a number of others who have a keen interest and spend hours visiting the wonderful natural places of Dorset, recording what they see and taking superb photographs. Some of this number post their most interesting records and best photographs on Twitter and Facebook and the Nature of Dorset is able to pick up these valuable contributions to public knowledge and recycle them in various ways to help them reach a wider audience.

As well as re-tweeting and sharing posts to widen their exposure the Nature of Dorset also stores these records and photographs in a databse, indexes them and displays them linked to species deacriptions, the sites where they were seen, by date and by the contributing recorder. This expands the information I have personally collected for many sites and species myself and, therefore, enables visitors to the Nature of Dorset website to find out much more about the county's wildlife and nature reserves. The main database of records is available to interrogate in several ways and there is a map of the sites that receive the most coverage as these tend to be the best sites in the county. You will also find records and photographs on species information pages where it is available.  

The number of records and photographs increases daily and if you want the latest news then the summary of yesterday's records is the page to follow. If you are interested in historical data for research or just for general interest then there is an ever growing wealth of information available to inerogate in the records database and there is a facility to produce your own reports, charts and maps from this data. You can even download the data to your own computer to do further analysis.

I am sure I have not identified all of the active amateur naturalists at work in the county. If your tweets or Facebook posts are not included and you would like them to be please let me know via the website contact form, there is a link to the contact form at the bottom of every page. 

 In addition to some special reports use the links below to access the records by species, by site, by month, by contributor or to build your own reports, charts and maps.


These are some special reports built to meet popular interests. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Yesterday's Records

Recording Hot-list

Notable birds

Weekly Summaries

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An index of species for which we have received contributed sightings in Dorset. Click on any species to see the details of those sightings. If you have a particular interest you can filter the index for just birds, mammals, reptiles, butterflies, flowers and so on.


Some of the Twitter contributors we monitor have favourite sites that they frequently visit and record at. These sites have far more coverage than the others and so I have identified them on a location map. Not only do these sites have the most records they are amongst the best places to visit in Dorset.


At the end of each month I write a short summary of the wildlife activity in Dorset as seen by, and reflected by, the posts on Twitter from those contributors I follow. Each summary is accompanied by a list of species seen ans some charts to help visualise the month's data in graphical form.


The people whose Twitter feed I follow to find sighting records with a summary of their contributed tweets and photographs. 


A gallery of pphotographs submitted with tweets that I have collected to help people with identifiaction of species they may have seen.


Examine the sighting records data by generating your own reports, charts and maps using powerful database filters.