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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.

Click/tap your selection to move to the next level down:

Species Index

An alphabetical index of all the species featured in the Nature of Dorset:

  • Access basic information about any species that interests you
  • See photographs of the species (where available) to help with identification
  • See a distribution map, time charts, and much more



A top down approach to tracing groups of species or a particular species:

  • Start by selecting from one of six types of animal or plant
  • The select from categories within that section
  • Continue to family level and to species level if required



Help with identification of some species types using 'filters' to narrow your options:

  • Use size, colour, habitat, time of year, etc to identify a bird
  • Use colour, habitat, time of year, flower type, etc to identify a wild flower
  • Use flower, leaf, fruit, bark, etc to identify trees or shrubs


In my travels around the nature reserves of Dorset I have tried to record the animals and plants I have seen and to take a photograph where I can. This has presented a few challenges with identification and, given I am not really a photographer, some of my photos are quite poor. However, I have put all this accumulated data and related images together into a database of over 1,500 species.

This section is intended to help people who have seen an animal or plant and want to identifying it. For those with a particular interest my offerings here may help them pursue that interest and perhaps help them find a species they particularly want to see; most often this will be people planning to visit the county. In putting this together I have tried to make it as non-technical as I can so that anyone can use it but I expect some specialists will cringe at what I have done! This is not a scientific work, this is to help beginners and casual observers answer questions they may have.


If you are interested in a particular group of species, waders, for example or orchids or dragonflies and so on, you may fine the book feature useful. Click the pic to access the books index.