Dorset Sites of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI) species records pre 2000
Species records collected during new surveys and monitoring visits of Sites of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCIs) conducted by surveyors from Dorset Wildlife Trust or Dorset Environmental Records Centre.
Over 1200 SNCIs have been identified within Dorset. This dataset includes records from all sites that had been identified before 2000. Sites or parts of sites which were rejected or have since been deleted are included in this dataset
The SNCI project began in the early 1990s, to identify SNCIs within Dorset. Surveys in more recent years have been monitoring revisits, but new sites are still being identified. Sites have to meet agreed criteria, i.e. 5 or more Dorset Notable species being recorded.
The plant lists (which form the majority of the data) are checked by the Botanical Society for the British Isles vice-county recorder before entry onto the database.
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All the records in this dataset have been checked against the current SNCI boundaries to ensure grids fall within/close to boundaries
Surveyors complete plant recording forms in the field, and also note other easily identifiable species, such as birds and butterflies. Sites are then considered by the Dorset SNCI panel, and the data is entered onto the DERC Recorder database. Occasionally, SNCIs are identified from surveys carried out for other purposes such as landowners own records, or can sometimes be of a more detailed nature such as lichen surveys. In some cases older, existing site surveys were included as the basis for consideration.
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