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To aid users of mobile devices as well as those with a mouse or laptop finger pad this site uses a simple image-based menu system. Virtually every picture you see (images and photos) are links to more information arranged in a sort of top-down structure. See an image, click or tap on it to open a new page.

The aim of this section is to:

  • Provide information about what is happening at the current time in the natural world across Dorset

These aims are achieved by:

  • Providing a list of species seen yesterday as recorded by Twitter users
  • Providing supporting reports, maps, charts and photographs
  • Providing links to other sources of news from various organisations
  • Providing links to news stories, forthcoming events and interesting articles

This section can be used for:

  • Keeping touch with the ever changing natural world as the seasons pass by
  • Finding species being reported in the county to find to grow your tick lists
  • Helping with identification of a species you may have seen recently but did not recognise
  • Finding things to do and places of natural interest to visit
  • Following the progress of bird migration, insect emergence, plant flowering and other seasonal related trends
  • Monitoring trends in population levels, population movements and general behaviour of species or grops of species
  • Increasing ones general knowledge of the nature of Dorset

From the home page you can:

  • Access detailed information by clicking/tapping one of the provided thumbnails (see below) 
These links are provided to a more detailed level of information: 

The Nature of Dorset 'News Share' service allows you to keep up to date with the latest sightings of your interests through a variety of medium (Twitter, Facebook, RSS, hashtags, etc)

In my blog I try to interpret what the maps and charts from the records database tell us about species and sites in Dorset. You can see the most recent entries in the blog here.

There are various wildlife conservation and monitoring organisations in Dorset that publish a daily diary of what has been seen 'on their patch'. Whilst I try to include these records in the Nature of Dorset daily summary and in the historical database you may prefer to read their own contributions as they often contain more detailed information than I include

See what species have been reported in this current week over the years since 2017

Want to know "what's hot"? Here is a list of the thirty species that have generated the most tweeted records in the last thirty days. This is an indication of the most interesting visible species at the current time.

Interested in Dorset's more notable bird records? Here is a list of those seen since the start of 2017 with the number of reports in each year.

Seen a place mentioned in tweets or in the records section and don't know where it is? Try the Location finder function: search for the place, click on the name and see a location map.

The pick of yesterday's Twitter tweets and photographs presented in an attractive readable newspaper format.