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Sand Lizard (Lacerta agilis)

Photo: Michael Hammett

Collecting and collating data on Dorset's wildlife

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 and members of the DNHAS have supported this objective since the time of its foundation.

By combining our knowledge we will 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 Dorset Environmental Records Centre is accessible to everyone from students and local residents to local authorities, conservation organisations and consultants. Dorset Environmental Records Centre does not charge for data, but does make a minimal charge to help cover administration costs.

Find out more about the Dorset Environmental Records Centre