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Starling Murmuration over Studland

Starling Murmuration over Studland

Photo: © Jon Corkill

DERC Christmas Opening Hours

The DERC office will be closed from Friday 21st December until Thursday 3rd January. If you have an enquiry, please email us at derc@dorsetcc.gov.uk and we will deal with any requests in the New Year.

Dorset Wildlife Recorders Register

DERC maintain a Dorset Wildlife Recorders Register. DERC staff use the list to contact recorders about their records or about wildlife events. If you would like your details added to the register, please download the Wildlife Recorders form and send it DERC.

Chalk Milkwort (Polygala calcarea)

Chalk Milkwort (Polygala calcarea)

Photo: © Bryan Edwards

About DERC

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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.

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.

 Spring / Summer 2018 Newsletter

Southern hawker (Aeshna cyanea)

Southern hawker
(Aeshna cyanea)

Photo: © Bryan Edwards

The Spring / Summer 2018 newsletter has been published and is available to download. Featuring an article about the use of the building stones in some of Dorset's historic buildings and churches, with links to the Dorset Building Stone website and the Dorset Important Geological Sites (DIGS) websites, plus an in-depth article on grassland fungi and, in particular, the importance of Dorset’s grassland habitats for waxcaps and their allies.

Site last updated:  14th January 2019