Dorset’s Fauna


DERC work closely with the following groups:

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

Red squirrel Sciurus vulgaris

Red squirrel Sciurus vulgaris

Photo: Paul Glendell - Natural England

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.


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

Sand Lizard - Lacerta agilis

Sand Lizard Lacerta agilis

Photo: Michael Hammett - Natural England

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


The Dorset Invertebrate Recording Group (DIRG) has been recently established to provide an opportunity for invertebrate specialists to meet. For more information contact:


John Newbould


01305 837384


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

The Dorset Moth Group is organised by Gordon Hopkins & Paul Butter. For more information, see the Dorset Moth Group’s website or contact:


Gordon Hopkins


Natural England


Skaillrora Lodge
Common Mead Lane
Dorset SP8 4RE


In 2004 Tony Allen began work on a beetle atlas for Dorset. If you are a beetle expert and would like to help or send in your records for inclusion, please contact DERC.


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.