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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.

Deadline for photographs is 31st March 2017.

Chalk Milkwort (Polygala calcarea)

Chalk Milkwort (Polygala calcarea)

Photo: © Bryan Edwards

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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.

Autumn / Winter 2016 Newsletter

Scarlet Waxcap (Hygrocybe coccinea)

Scarlet Waxcap
(Hygrocybe coccinea)

Photo: © Bryan Edwards

The Autumn / Winter 2016 newsletter is online.

Explaining the role of Dorset County Council’s Natural Environment Team in ensuring that the impact to habitats and species is properly addressed during the plannning and development process, plus a report on waxcap fungi on grasslands, highlighting the increase in numbers being recorded, including several newly‐recorded species within the county.

See our Autumn / Winter 2016 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:  2nd March 2017