Obtaining and Submitting Marine Data
Obtaining Marine Data Held By DERC
Do you require marine biodiversity data for Dorset?
Photo: Richard Edmonds
Then please contact DERC
Marine data held at DERC is accessible to everyone by request, from students and
local residents to local authorities, consultants and conservation organisations.
The data held stretches along the Dorset Coast from Christchurch to Lyme Regis, out to
a distance of 12 nautical miles.
Your data can be provided as maps, spreadsheets, species lists or GIS tables. We can also provide boundary information on the established and proposed marine Special Area of Conservation (SACs) in Dorset, as well as SSSIs and Special Protected Areas
(SPAs). DERC do not charge for data, but we do make minimal charges to help cover the administrative costs of your request, either by a SLA (Service Level Agreement) or a one-off payment. We do not usually make a charge for requests from students and members of the public (except when they are part of a funded or commercial project or would be very time-consuming).
If you are interested in using our services, then please send us an
email, outlining as fully as possible
what your requirements are. For further assistance please call the DERC
office on the number given
Submitting Your Marine Records
DERC has over 30 years experience on collating information for all of Dorset's
terrestrial wildlife, working with local naturalists and conservation organisations.
Now that the Marine Biodiversity Database at DERC is fully established, we welcome
your marine records as well.
Distribution of survey records held on
the marine database so far
(Click on the map for a larger picture)
DERC encourages organisations, groups and individuals to pass on their marine records
from Dorset. The information supplied by you is invaluable in recording the rich
biodiversity that Dorset has to offer and contributing to the data sets of species
maintained by our database. You don’t necessarily need to be a marine ‘expert’ or
even a diver, but if you have confidence in species identification or can provide
a photograph your records are welcome. If you do need help with identifying a species
or sighting, then DERC may be able to help. Over the years, DERC has built up a close
network of marine interested individuals and groups who offer a wealth of information
concerning marine species in Dorset. No matter how minor you may think your record is,
it will be and is useful to us. The more information we have about our marine
environments, the better able we are to record changes and plan for its management
A ‘record’ is simply a species seen at a location by somebody on a given date.
You can send DERC your sightings using the
Marine Recording Form (if you are
prompted to supply a user name and password, press Cancel and a read-only copy will
be downloaded. You can then save this to your own computer if you wish). Simply fill
in the form, print it and send it in or, using the fields as a guide, email us your
sighting. Please do also send us any relevant photos. The form is self explanatory,
but here are some additional notes:
- Please complete in BLOCK CAPITALS
- On each recording form you can enter up to 6 species. If these are from different
locations or for different dates then please enter the details on separate forms
- Clearly identify the site; where possible use GPS or obtain a grid reference
from OS maps. If also known include additional information about the record's
location / site, etc.
- Contact details:- please include your telephone number and an email address
All of the records sent to us are useful and important in monitoring our marine
environment and learning more about it.
Who To Contact
If you would like to know more about the Dorset Marine Biodiversity
Database, or for further information on how you can become involved,