Welcome To The DERC Website

Starling Murmuration over Studland

Starling Murmuration over Studland

Photo: © Jon Corkill

Merry Christmas from everyone at DERC

The DERC Office will be closed from 22nd December until 3rd January. Any data requests will be dealt with as quickly as possible in the New Year.

Forty Fabulous Photos Gallery

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.

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.

Autmn / Winter 2017 Newsletter

Southern hawker (Aeshna cyanea)

Southern hawker
(Aeshna cyanea)

Photo: © Bryan Edwards

The Autmn / Winter 2017 newsletter is online.

Our winter newsletter updates readers on two long-term projects, the Good Archive and Studland Heath NNR Archive plus a fascinating article on the Golden Cap Estate, owned by the National Trust.

See our Autmn / Winter 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:  5th December 2017