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Can you help us find Forty Fabulous Photos to help us celebrate 40 years of recording Dorset’s Wildlife and Geology?



Photo: © Ken Hutchinson

The Dorset Environmental Records Centre is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. During this time the staff and volunteers at the Records Centre have collated information on sites, habitats, the marine environment and the geology of the county. We have also collected nearly 3 million wildlife records; the majority of these have come from local naturalists who enjoy getting out into the countryside.

We are asking for people to send us copies of their photographs so we can celebrate the wildlife, landscapes and geology of this amazing county by creating a photo gallery.

From the most common to the most unusual, we want to see your pictures. Whether it is a photograph from a regular walk, a chance encounter with wildlife or from an organised event, terrestrial or marine, this is your chance to share your experience.

Photographs can be sent to R.Rogers@dorsetcc.gov.uk with a brief description (what, where, when?) and the name of the photographer - see our 40 Fabulous Photos entry guidelines page for more details.

Chalk Milkwort (Polygala calcarea)

Chalk Milkwort (Polygala calcarea)

Photo: © Bryan Edwards

Can You Help?

Dorset Wildlife Trust is looking for volunteers with plant identifiaction skills to help monitor a number of Sites of Nature Conservation Interest. Full details can be found in their recruitment advert

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Dorset Environmental Records Centre was established in 1976 as an independent organisation to collate information on all of Dorset’s wildlife. It provides an opportunity for local naturalists and conservation organisations to work together.

By combining our knowledge we can create a better picture of Dorset’s wildlife - both the recent decline and loss of some of our more spectacular species (like the large tortoiseshell and the mouse-eared bat) and the arrival (or invasion?) and spread of others (like the Long-winged Conehead and Japanese knotweed).

Data held by DERC is accessible to everyone* from students and local residents to local authorities, conservation organisations and consultants. DERC do not charge for data, but we do make a minimal charge to help cover our administration costs. Please contact DERC for more information.

*Some information is confidential, either due to the sensitivity of the site, rarity of wildlife or because the recorder requested it.

Spring / Summer 2017 Newsletter

Bitter–vetch (Lathyrus linifolius)

(Lathyrus linifolius)

Photo: © Bryan Edwards

The Spring / Summer 2017 newsletter is online.

Outlining DERC's involvement in a project being run by PondNet to monitor selected wetland species, an update on the migration of data from the NBN Gateway to the NBN Atlas and an article detailing the measures taken to minimise the disruption to species inhabiting the verges along the A338 during the recent roadworks.

See our Spring / Summer 2017 newsletter for more details.

Sending In Your Records

During 2011 DERC introduced Living Record as an online recording system for Dorset. If you would like to know more, click on Living Record on the top menu.

If you are not yet ready for online recording, DERC will continue to welcome records provided on recording forms or in Excel spreadsheets, as detailed on our Sending In Your Records page.

Site last updated:  12th June 2017