Dorset’s Fauna


Red squirrel Sciurus vulgaris

Red squirrel Sciurus vulgaris

Photo: Kevin Cook

DERC work closely with the following groups:

(all affiliated to the Dorset Wildlife Trust except for the Dorset Mammal Group)

Terrestrial mammal records can be sent to local recording groups or directly to DERC. Marine mammals are also recorded for the county. See the Marine pages for more details.

The County Recorder for Bats is Nick Tomlinson.

The County Recorder for other mammals is Steve Kourik.


Wall Lizard


Photo: Kevin Cook

For information on Dorset’s birds including the Dorset List and recording in the county, visit the Dorset Bird Club web-site.

Records sent in to Dorset Bird Club are verified and entered on a database. DERC work with the Dorset Bird Club and regularly exchange bird data.


Most fish records come to DERC from the Environment Agency and the Marine Conservation Society, but additional records are always welcome particularly for these Priority BAP species and protected species:
Sturgeon, River Lamprey, Brook Lamprey, Sea Lamprey, Allis Shad, Twaite Shad, Vendace, Whitefish, Atlantic Salmon, Basking Shark, Spined Loach, Bitterling, Giant Goby, Couch’s Goby, Bullhead, Pollan, Houting

Amphibians and Reptiles

Wall Lizard

Wall Lizard

Photo: Bryan Edwards

Dorset Amphibian and Reptile Network (DARN) was launched in 2004 to promote the conservation of native species of amphibian and reptile and their habitats in the county through survey, monitoring, practical conservation and liaison work. Membership costs £5 annually and is open to anyone interested in helping DARN to achieve its objectives.

For further information please contact:


Chris Gleed-Owen


c/o CGO Ecology Ltd
5 Cranbourne House
12 Knole Road
Dorset BH1 4DQ



01202 430923 or
07846 137346


Dotted Beefly Bombylius_discolor

Dotted Beefly Bombylius discolor

Photo: Bryan Edwards

Dorset is a fantastic place for invertebrates and invertebrate recording. Follow the links to find out more:

(Orthoptera includes Grasshoppers, Crickets, Cockroaches and Earwigs)

For Dragonflies see the Dorset Dragonflies website

For Moths see Dorset Moth Group’s website

The Dorset Branch of Butterfly Conservation is very active and always keen for new members.

If you would like to get more involved in invertebrate recording, Back from the Brink has several projects running in Dorset until June 2020. You can find out more from their website or by contacting:


Sophie Lake