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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 various ways to view recorded sightings of wildlife from across Dorset captured from Twitter 'tweets' by active naturalists within the county

    These aims are achieved by:

    • Providing a choice of six ways to look at the data: by species, site, month, contributor, photographs and a 'build your own' facility
    • Providing some pre-built charts presenting data that meet the frequent requirements of visitors to this section
    • Providing various ways to look at the data using: tables, maps, charts and pictures
    • Providing links to more detailed information about each species recorded
    • Providing links to more detailed information about each sites from where records have been submitted

    This section can be used for:

    • Monitoring what interesting species are currently being seen at sites in Dorset
    • Seeing which species are currently generating the most records from Dorset
    • Seeing which sites are best to visit for interesting wildlife
    • Finding the best time of year to visit sites or to find certain species
    • Helping with identification of species that you might have seen
    • Building ones own reports, charts and distribution maps from the database records
    • Much, much more!

    From this home page you can: 

    Access the SPECIES section for the complete database of records and photographs by species  . Use the SPECIES section if you:

      • Want to see what can be seen in Dorset and where, including what is about in Dorset at the moment
      • Want to see distribution maps and recording frequency graphs for a particular species
      • Want to see additional photographs of some species

    Access the SITES section for the complete database of records and photographs by location. Use the SITES section if you:

      • Want to see the best places to visit and where they are
      • Want to see the what you may find at these top sites
      • Want a better understanding of the top sites in Dorset 

    Access the DIARY section for the  records in the database for any particular month of your choice. Use the DIARY section if you: 

      • Want to read a summary of what was seen in a month of your choice
      • Want to see a list of recorded sightings for a particular month
      • Want to see the data for a particular month in graphical chart form 

    Access the CONTRIBUTORS section for the complete database of records and photographs by contributor . Use the CONTRIBUTORS section if you:

      • Want to see whose Twitter feeds are monitored for sighting records
      • Want to see the tweets and associated data derived from those tweets from a specific contributor
      • Want to see if your tweets are being tracked and what information has been accumulated from your tweets

    Access the GALLERY section for the complete database of photographs contributed. Use the GALLERY section if you:

      • Want to see some excellent photographs of wildlife of all kinds
      • Want to help identifying a species where seeing some photographs might help
      • Want to see the latest photographs added to the database as well as the most viewed or the most recently viewed photos

    Access the SPOTLIGHT section to analyse the  records in the database and produce your own reports, charts or maps. Use the SPOTLIGHT section if you

      • Want to create your own reports of species or sites by date and even download that report data to your own computer for further work
      • Want to create your own charts showing activity by year, month or day and compare two charts on the same page
      • Want to create your own distribution maps for specific species or groups of species defining time frames if desired  

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

    Reports


    Three base reports for you to modify to produce a tailor-made report:

    • Detailed report with all the records in the database available to query
    • Summarised report with one line per species with filters available
    • Tabulated report showing species by year for the production of year lists

     

    Full Database Report

    Index


    Index tables to the entire Nature of Dorset database allowing you to access:

    • The complete list of species for which records have been collected
    • The complete list of sites where records have been collected from
    • The complete list of Twitter users who have contributed records 

     

    Newsdesk


    Follow what nature has been seen and recorded in Dorset recently

    • Yesterday's sightings in lists, charts, maps and photographs
    • Records from last week compared to the previous week and the same week last year
    • A review of last month and access to the reviews of previous months

     

    Month by Day

    Species


    An index of all species for which there are records in the database:

    • 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

     

    Index


    An index list of all species in the database with photographs:

    • Displays the number of available photographs in the database
    • Click on any species name to see its photographs
    • See also distribution maps and time charts for the selected species

    Yesterday


    The nature of Dorset yesterday as reported on Twitter.

    • List of species seen and where
    • A map of sites and species distribution charts
    • Pick of the days photographs

     

    Year by Month

    Summary Database Report

    Last Week


    A review of the naure of Dorset during the previous week:

    • Species and sites lists for this week this year
    • Species and sites lists for the previous week
    • Species and sites lists for the same week last year

     

    Charts


    Three base bar charts that you can modify for your own purposes:

    • Month by day where you can select any month and see tweets per day
    • Year by month where you can select any year and see tweets per month
    • Year by year where you can produce charts with the number of tweets per year

     

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