Welcome To The DERC Website

Starling Murmuration over Studland

Starling Murmuration over Studland

Photo: © Jon Corkill

Dorset Wildlife Recorders Register

DERC maintain a Dorset Wildlife Recorders Register. DERC staff use the list to contact recorders about their records or about wildlife events. If you would like your details added to the register, please download the Wildlife Recorders form and send it DERC.

Chalk Milkwort (Polygala calcarea)

Chalk Milkwort (Polygala calcarea)

Photo: © Bryan Edwards

About DERC

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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.

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.

 Spring 2019 Newsletter

Heather Colletes (Colletes succinctus)

Heather Colletes
(Colletes succinctus)

Photo: © Bryan Edwards

Download and enjoy the Spring 2019 newsletter which includes a synopsis of The South Dorset Ridgeway project, highlighting several new species from this under-recorded area, plus articles about the movement of Greater Horseshoe bats around the Purbeck district ‐ with some surprising findings ‐ survey details of the Hairy Shore Bug (with further details available from a separate pdf, here) and the results of trying to find a rather elusive leaf hopper.

Site last updated:  6th September 2019