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.
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreThursday, November 9th, 2017 at 1:02am
CBDC received details of large numbers of harlequin ladybirds seen last month.
CBDC staff stopped counting after 200 on the walls and trees around Carlisle Cathedral on the 17th of October 2017.
Did anyone else see them? If so have you sent in your record to us?
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreWednesday, October 18th, 2017 at 8:48pm
Still no House confirmed records yet but I thought this photo from Mike in Penrith Wood Mouse was worth sharing. Apparently the cat brought it in and the mouse made itself at home.
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreFriday, October 6th, 2017 at 2:38am
** Species of the Week**
False Ladybird, Endomychus coccineus.
Species of the week this week was found in two locations in the north of the county by Paul Kennedy. The first record of the False Ladybird, Endomychus coccineus, was on 20th August at Kingmoor North and the same species was at Finglandrigg Wood NNR on the 22nd.CBDC has only 12 Cumbrian records. This beetle is mycophagous meaning it survives by eating fungi!
Perhaps more interesting is it’s Batesian Mimicry. The False Ladybird, a harmless species, looks very like some toxic species, in this case some true Ladybirds. This is driven by evolution as predatory birds recognise and avoid both the dangerous species and it’s mimic. The mimic therefore has a better chance of avoiding being eaten, giving it more opportunity to reach adulthood and breed so passing on the specific DNA it possesses that codes for its appearance. The “warning colouration“ genes then become more abundant in the mimic beetles population than any genes that code for “drab”colouration. This was first hypothesised by Henry Walter Bates when working on butterflies in Brazilian rainforests.
Recent research at Exeter and Cambridge Universities has shown that the brighter the colouration that a Ladybird appears to a bird the more toxic it is. Different Ladybird species were photographed using cameras sensitive to ultraviolet light to better understand how birds see the beetles, as bird vision uses the UV part of the light spectrum unlike that of humans.
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreWednesday, October 4th, 2017 at 2:51am
30 budding recorders and members of the zoology society visited Tullie on Monday to discover the natural history collection and CBDC. Great to meet you all
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreTuesday, October 3rd, 2017 at 2:44am
Brett Westwood (BBC Spring Watch, Radio4 Natural Histories, Tweet of the Day, etc) is coming to Tullie House on Saturday 7th Oct, 2pm.
Deb Muscat will be questioning him about his new book, exploring: his joy of finding rare insects in his back garden; the impact of climate change (good and bad) and why its easier now than ever before to get engaged and record wildlife.
To hear about all of these and the answer to "is there an animal you would be prepared to smuggle in your vest*?" join us on Saturday. Tickets £6.
* Listen to Natural Histories BBC Radio4 iplayer Snails.