Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre

The Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre at Tullie House Museum, Carlisle keeps wildlife information for the county of Cumbria. Tullie House Museum, in its role as a local natural history museum, has collected and disseminated records of wildlife in Cumbria since its inception in 1893. From the early 1990s the Museum has developed a computerised database of species and habitat records in Cumbria and has taken the central role in providing a local biodiversity data service for the county. This role was restyled as Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre (CBDC) in 2010, a not-for-profit organisation hosted by Tullie House Museum and advised by local stakeholders.
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreSaturday, April 22nd, 2017 at 3:51am
The Earthworm Society of Britain and Field Studies Council are hosting an identification course on Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th June. You will have the opportunity to learn about sampling and identifying earthworms. Want to know more? Take a look at the poster below for more details.
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreSaturday, April 22nd, 2017 at 12:52am
**SIGHTING OF THE WEEK** 15th - 21st March

Two fruiting bodies of Morchella esculenta were found near Kings Meaburn on April 10th. They were recorded and photographed by David Nattrass, and confirmed to be M. esculenta by Paul Nichol. We currently have 22 records of this species in Cumbria, only six of which were recorded in the last 20 years. M.esculenta is a member of the morels that have large fruiting bodies and are frequently sought after as a culinary delicacy. M. esculenta belongs to the yellow group of morels, but there are also black, white and grey genetic groupings. They have a complex ecology consisting of a saprotrophic stage in which they digest organic matter to acquire nutrients, and a mycorrhizal stage where they exchange nutrients with plants. To find out more about fungi visit the British Mycological Society’s website http://www.britmycolsoc.org.uk/.
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreThursday, April 20th, 2017 at 8:33pm
A photograph of a mink carrying what looks like a pigeon was sent in by Shaun Donockley. It was taken from Longtown Bridge on the 13th April. What an excellent image showing the rewards of being in the right place at the right time!
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreTuesday, April 18th, 2017 at 8:59pm
Website Hiccups. CBDC has updated its website, but despite extensive checking some of the links and content are not working properly, eg moth atlas and bird atlas. We are on to it! Any other comments/glitches feedback welcome. Debs
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreSaturday, April 15th, 2017 at 4:24am
Big (<5mm) Red Velvet Mite found under Men at Work sign. Trombidium holosericeum - currently none on our database...that's got to be my sighting of the weekend! Now to get it checked...any offers??
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 at 12:51am
The Earthworm Society of Britain and Field Studies Council are hosting an identification based course on Saturday... https://t.co/eGW7UMHF6x
Friday, April 21st, 2017 at 9:52pm
**SIGHTING OF THE WEEK** 15th - 21st March

Two fruiting bodies of Morchella esculenta were found near Kings... https://t.co/zLswWn9pmH
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Thursday, April 20th, 2017 at 5:33pm
A photograph of a mink carrying what looks like a pigeon was sent in by Shaun Donockley. It was taken from... https://t.co/Ad6I37N5Yf
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Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 at 5:59pm
Website Hiccups. CBDC has updated its website, but despite extensive checking some of the links and content are... https://t.co/ke0Tz0IP6c
Saturday, April 15th, 2017 at 1:24am
Big (<5mm) Red Velvet Mite found under Men at Work sign. Trombidium holosericeum - currently none on our... https://t.co/JxKgvXGdUc