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Community Guidelines

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You must be a member of the Nature of Dorset Community to contribute to any of the community pages. Membership is free and you can join by visiting the Community Home page. 

Submitted by Peter Orchard on Tue, 09/04/2019 - 18:29


The Nature of Dorset website exists to share knowledge and information about the wildlife and wild places of Dorset for the benefit of people in Dorset interested in nature and people elsewhere interested in the nature of Dorset.


The Nature of Dorset is the personal project of Peter Orchard of Wareham, Dorset and is totally independent and not part of, or affiliated to, any wildlife organisation, public authority or business.


The owner of this website gives no commitment as to the future of the Nature of Dorset project but will endeavour to keep the website operational for as long as personal circumstances permit.


Anyone wishing to contact the website owner/administrator should do so using the private message facility provided within the community section. Prior registration as a community member is required to be able to use this facility (see 'membership' below). 


No charge is made for the use of this website and it is provided free of any advertising. The owner of the site bears all of the costs of providing it without deriving any revenue from it. This is a hobby not a business!


The Nature of Dorset started in 2006 as a means of storing personal records and photographs, it was made open to public view in 2010 and was extended in 2017 to include records from other observers. The website now has over 70,000 visits a year! The 'community' section is the third and final part of the project and was  added in May 2019.


The Nature of Dorset 'community' is intended to be an online meeting place for like minded to people to share news, views and knowledge with other members of the community and with other visitors to the Nature of Dorset website. The full list of features available to members can be found on the Community Features page.


The community section is the only part of the Nature of Dorset project where the public are permitted to add content. To provide protection against offensive or inappropriate content everyone wishing to contribute must register as a member of the community. Just to reiterate; MEMBERSHIP IS FREE AND CARRIES NO OBLIGATIONS! Members may register through their Facebook, Twitter, Google, Youtube or Windows accounts or may register directly by requesting an account from the log-in options provided on the home page. 


The only personal information held on this website is the users name and their email address; this is required to meet security requirements. Whilst the users name is visible against any contributions made to the community section  the email address is not displayed. The owner of the site commits to keeping this limited information confidential and email addresses will not be used for any purpose other than security validation and for internal communication between the member and the website facilities.


Any member contributing to the community section is required to keep content to the intended theme of the website; that is the natural history of Dorset and related conservation and environmental matters. Any content added that is 'off topic' will be deleted.


Members are required to respect the views of others and to maintain high standards of behavior within the community. Any offensive or inappropriate language will result in the member being blocked from using the website in future.


All comments made by members in the community section represent the views of the member concerned and not those of the Nature of Dorset or its owner. The owner does not accept any responsibility for the views expressed by any member within the community. 


The community is intended for private individual use only although individuals who wish to promote or represent a wildlife or conservation organisation may do so. Anyone seeking to use the community for commercial gain and to promote business uses will be blocked from further admission to the community facility.

Classified Ads:

The community provides a facility for members to publish classified advertisements for items they wish to sell or are wanting to obtain. This facility has its own regulations published on the advertisement display page.


Some of the information on this site is derived from freely available resources on the Internet including open posts on Twitter. Whilst not formally subject to copyright website users, including those who are not members of the community, are asked to respect the ownership of the original data and to not use any content of this website site for their own personal gain.

Errors and Omissions:

The information contained within this website is provided in good faith and is, hopefully, accurate however the owner of the site accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions that may arise or for any loss a user may incur from using this information.


Information about threatened species or sensitive sites should not be provided on this website.

Questions and Suggestions:

The owner of this website will attempt to answer questions from any user of the site but it should be born in mind he is an enthusiastic amatuer and not a professional employed in nature conservation. Constructive comments about improving the website are welcome, negative or destructive comments will be ignored.