First a "thank you" to those recorders who have already sent in their records
for this year. I am sure there is still much more to come. Hand-written, completed
forms or emailed records are all welcome. The deadline for contributions is the end
of January 2004.
We have been looking at ways to provide better feedback for recorders and, luckily,
John Hunnisett has offered to co-ordinate an additional web-page for the DERC website,
Dorset Firsts – first recording of a species in the county, complete with pictures
where possible. So if you have seen anything unusual we would be keen to know more.
There has also been an exciting new development for the Marine database. We now
have access to over 3,000 algae records for Dorset previously held by the Biological
Records Centre in Huntingdon. These records were originally gathered from a number
of sources for the publication of an algae distribution atlas in 1985. Records continue
to be added to make this one of the most comprehensive datasets for marine algae in the
UK. The Dorset records will be imported into the Dorset database over the coming months.
As usual our newsletter includes an update on current projects plus an article on
red and black insects which I hope will provide you with some inspiration for recording
Carolyn Steele (Record Centre Manager)