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Forty Fabulous Photos Gallery



Photo: © Ken Hutchinson

2016 was our 40th anniversary. To help us celebrate many of you sent in your photos for our Forty Fabulous Photos gallery which is now up and running. Thank you to everyone that contributed, we had some great pictures.

If you missed the opportunity you are still welcome to send photos into DERC (Enquiries@derc.org.uk), please mark them for the Gallery and include your name and the photo title. We can’t promise to include photos but it would be lovely to see this new section of the DERC website continue.

Dorset Flora Group AGM 2017

The 2017 Dorset Flora Group AGM will take place on Saturday 2nd December 2017 at 2pm held at the Dorset Wildlife Trust headquarters in Forston. The agenda is available to view and download here.

Chalk Milkwort (Polygala calcarea)

Chalk Milkwort (Polygala calcarea)

Photo: © Bryan Edwards

About DERC

Latest News

Dorset Environmental Records Centre was established in 1976 as an independent organisation to collate information on all of Dorset’s wildlife. It provides an opportunity for local naturalists and conservation organisations to work together.

By combining our knowledge we can create a better picture of Dorset’s wildlife - both the recent decline and loss of some of our more spectacular species (like the large tortoiseshell and the mouse-eared bat) and the arrival (or invasion?) and spread of others (like the Long-winged Conehead and Japanese knotweed).

Data held by DERC is accessible to everyone* from students and local residents to local authorities, conservation organisations and consultants. DERC do not charge for data, but we do make a minimal charge to help cover our administration costs. Please contact DERC for more information.

*Some information is confidential, either due to the sensitivity of the site, rarity of wildlife or because the recorder requested it.

Spring / Summer 2017 Newsletter

Bitter–vetch (Lathyrus linifolius)

(Lathyrus linifolius)

Photo: © Bryan Edwards

The Spring / Summer 2017 newsletter is online.

Outlining DERC's involvement in a project being run by PondNet to monitor selected wetland species, an update on the migration of data from the NBN Gateway to the NBN Atlas and an article detailing the measures taken to minimise the disruption to species inhabiting the verges along the A338 during the recent roadworks.

See our Spring / Summer 2017 newsletter for more details.

Sending In Your Records

During 2011 DERC introduced Living Record as an online recording system for Dorset. If you would like to know more, click on Living Record on the top menu.

If you are not yet ready for online recording, DERC will continue to welcome records provided on recording forms or in Excel spreadsheets, as detailed on our Sending In Your Records page.

Site last updated:  6th November 2017