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The aim of this section is to:

  • Provide information about the nature reserves and other wildlife 'hotspots' of Dorset

These aims are achieved by:

  • Providing a primary site photograph that is used in a variety of places as an 'icon' for the site
  • Providing a short headline statement describing the site
  • Providing a 'blog' article written by the Nature of Dorset about the site (not yet 100% coverage!)
  • Providing directional information by map, sat-nav coordiantes, map reference and written directions
  • Providing information about on-site facilities, accessibility and potential hazards for the less able
  • Providing a 'virtual tour' of the site by a series of photographs
  • Providing species, habitat and protection information including records of sightings from the site
  • Providing further photographs, maps, record analysis charts and listings of records where available
  • Providing links to other sites nearby

This section can be used for:

  • Finding places near you to visit that you may not know about
  • Getting directions to a specific site you wish to visit
  • Finding out what visitor facilities exist at the site and whether it is suitable for less mobile people
  • Getting an understanding of the site and its habitat and nature
  • Seeing what species can be/have been seen at the site
  • Identifying a species that you might have seen on a visit to the site
  • Establishing what time of year is best for visiting this site
  • Locating other sites nearby that one might visit at the same time or instead of
  • Increasing ones general knowledge of the wild places and nature of Dorset

From the home page you can:

  • Access detailed information about the site by clicking/tapping one of the provided thumbnails (see below) 
  • Access the details of any species of animal or plant recorded and registered by the Nature of Dorset at the site 
  • Link to details of other sites nearby to visit
These links are provided to a more detailed level of information: 
Description

Provides a summary of key facts about the site including the top ten species, who owns/manages the site and details of any Site of Scientific Interest citations that apply. You may also find links to other websites where avaialable that give information about the site.

On the directions page you will sat-nav coordinates for the access points, a map reference, written directions on getting to the site and the location marked on a map of Dorset. There is also a summary of visitor facilities (if any!) as well as a risk assessment aimed at forewarning anyone with limited mobility of the likely hazards to access that might apply. You will also find links to other sites nearby in case you want to take in another nature reserve or site whilst in the neighbourhood.

The site map function shows a close-up satellite view of the area that may give an idea of the location, habitat and general layout of the site.

Three charts of the record data for the site are provided:

  1. A Site Biodiversity chart which gives a comparative guide as to what group of species the site seems to suit most
  2. A Vegetation Distribution chart which gives an indication of the habitat type based on the nature of the flowers, grasses and other plantsA found at the site
  3. A Monthly Record count chart which shows when most records were submitted which may indicate good months to visit the site.

The photograph gallery will hopefully give you a visual guide as to what to expect if you visit this site

This report provides a grid of thumbnail pictures of species recorded on the site during organised survey work or from records derived from other sources. You can click/tap and species photograph to see more information about that species.

This report provides a list of all species recorded by contributed Twitter 'tweets' together with a count of the number of records submitted. 

These are the original 'tweets' from which the records for this site have been derived. They often provide more information about sightings and form a kind of 'story-board' for the site. 

This is the link that brought you here!