Dorset Mammal Atlas

The Dorset Mammal Atlas is being published on this site during 2018.  It comprises a set of pdf files which can be accessed by clicking on the links below.  (CBN: All proposed links are coloured blue but only one is currently active, namely Rabbit and Hare) Clicking on any such item will open the relevant section of the Atlas either in your browser or in your preferred pdf file reader (depending on your browser settings).  In either case, you can explore the contents, print the file or use the embedded links to return to this page or elsewhere.  Each section is independently page-numbered; if printed and assembled in the order of such page-numbering it will be seen to follow the same species sequence as that used in ‘Britain’s Mammals’, the 2017 Field Guide by Couzens et al.

Preamble (About/Preface; Foreword; Contributors)

CBN:  This section of the Atlas will contain: 1. About / Preface: The background incl. roles, history etc.;   2.  Foreword: The role of a Mammal Atlas and an introduction by someone not directly involved in production e.g. Dominic Couzens?;  3. Contributors and other acknowledgments: To include authors, committee, photos etc.

Introduction (Where to find mammals in Dorset; Records, Atlas Contents; Species Accounts intro.; Legal Protection)

CBN:  This section will include: 1.The geology and land use (urban, farmland, woodland, reserves, coastline etc.) of Dorset insofar as it affects the distribution of mammals and the likelihood of seeing them.  To include (if compatible with non-disturbance) good places to go.;  2. Records of mammals in Dorset – how submitted, where collated, where available.;  3. The Atlas Contents.; 4. An introduction to the Species Accounts.; 5. General discussion of legal protection (incl. habitat)

CBN:  The species accounts which follow are tentatively divided into sections which might be compiled by an individual sub-editor/author.  Atlas Editor to finalise. The lowest level of subdivision for this purpose is the order or sub-order (except for the terrestrial/marine split where it is family).  It is suggested that paragraphs offering hints for distinguishing between similar species could be accommodated within the appropriate section (again following the Couzens model) rather than being lumped together in one section of their own.

Rodents (Squirrels, dormice, beaver, voles, mice and rat)  ie Rodentia

Rabbit and Hare ie Lagomorpha

Hedgehog, shrews and mole ie Eulipotyphla

Bats ie Chiroptera

Terrestrial carnivores (Fox, badger, otter, stoat etc.) ie Carnivora – Caniformia – Canidae and Mustelidae

Mammals with hooves (Wild boar and deer) ie Artiodactyla

Marine carnivores (Seals)ie Carnivora – Caniformia – Phocidae

Cetaceans (Whales, dolphins, porpoise)ie Cetacea – Mysteceti and Odontoceti

Introductions, escapes