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To aid users of mobile devices as well as those with a mouse or laptop finger pad this site uses a simple image-based menu system. Virtually every picture you see (images and photos) are links to more information arranged in a sort of top-down structure. See an image, click or tap on it to open a new page.

Create your own charts from data in the records database

Turning numbers into column charts can sometimes make the statistics easier to understand. Whilst charts are provided in a number of places in the Nature of Dorset records section (and elsewhere) as there is an ever increasing number of sighting records in the database there could be all sorts of other combinations of species (and groups), sites, months, years and contributors that you would like to view as a chart. Once you have a chart to your own specification you can use the 'Print Friendly' option at the bottom of the page to print it out, output it to a PDF file or to email it to someone.

There are three basic charts:

MONTH BY DAY: shows the selected records as a column chart, one column per day within a selected month

YEAR BY MONTH: shows the selected reords as a column chart, one column for each month within a chosen year

YEAR BY YEAR: shows the selected records as a column chart, one column for each year (this will only be of use from the start of 2018 onwards!)


Click/tap your selection to move to the next level down:

Month by Day

Year by Month

Year by Year


A note about filters:

The boxes at the top of the chart are the 'filters'; click the down arrow and choose your selection from the options available. Once you have made your selection click 'Apply' and await the reults! The filters you have chosen remain after the data is displayed and you can change them, or apply additional ones, until you have content you require. To start again use the 'reset' option. 

You can use one filter or a combination of several. For example you can select just 'butterflies' from the species group list and all records for butterflies will be displayed. You can take this further by selecting a month, say June, and you will get a list of all butterflies seen in June. You can take this further by adding a site, Alners Gorse perhaps, and see all butterflies seen at Alners Gorse in June. If you want you can even specify for an individual who saw those butterflies at Alners Gorse in June! The more filters you use the more specific your report becomes but the more specific you are the less the number of records you are likely to find.

Do not use Species Group, Species Sub-Group and Species together! Not only is this necessary as you can only work at one level not all three if you choose a species group of birds and a species of large white you will not get any results ...