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The Complete Records Database

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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.

Research the database of records by species, sites, dates, etc

Click/tap your selection to move to the next level down:


An alphabetical index of species for which there are records in the atabase:

  • Filter the index for just birds, mammals, butterflies, flowers and so on
  • Click on any species to see the details of those sightings
  • Details include distribution maps and time based charts



A map of Dorset with the location of sites for which there are records in the database:

  • Click on any map marker to see the details of those sightings
  • Details include species lists, habitats and time based charts
  • Site information also includes directions and visitor information



Interrogate the complete database for your own specific purposes:

  • Generate your own reports in three different formats
  • Produce time based charts for species and groups of species
  • Create distribution maps for any species or species group


The records database is an accumulation of reports and records of sightings of species from all over Dorset which is made available here for users to search in what ever way they wish. The database contains records for all taxa of animals and plants from mammals to insects and arthropods and from flowering plants to fungi. The list is obviously not the definitive list of species found in Dorset but contains many of the commonly seen ones and a few rarities as well.

Each record has a species name, a location, a date and a contributor and some have a photograph as well. This enables the user to:

  • See what species have records in the database and look at the detailed records for any of those species
  • See what sites have records in the database and see the species that have been recorded at any one of them
  • See what species have been recorded in each month since the database began in January 2017
  • See what records have been published by each contributor via their Twitter feed
  • See the photographs that have been added to those tweets

To make interpretation easier, in addition to standard lists there are distribution maps and a range of charts provided but in the SPOTLIGHT section the user can build their own lists, maps and charts. Any list built can also be downloaded to the users computer for further analysis.