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 CentreMonday, September 18th, 2017 at 9:26pm
Nice job in Scotland for a dragonfly enthusiast
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreTuesday, September 12th, 2017 at 9:19pm
If you are going to send a record using a common name please send it with a photo or the latin name 😀
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreTuesday, September 12th, 2017 at 3:24am
Received these lovely pics from John after giving a talk about CBDC to RSPB West Cumbria group. Cute wood mouse.
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreSunday, September 10th, 2017 at 3:48am
Is there a mouse in your house?
Sarah Nicholson wants to know if you have seen a house mouse.
“Whilst working on the Cumbria mammal data I noticed that people rarely tell us that they have seen a house mouse. In fact, only 29 records have been submitted in the last 15 years.”
John Martin, Cumbria Mammal Group told me “I believe the house mouse is declining. This is possibly due to more effective pest control methods and loss of habitat in newer and better built homes.”
Tell CBDC about your mouse via our webpage - or email
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreSaturday, September 9th, 2017 at 3:28am
Species of the Week.
Chilocorus renipustulatus – Kidney-Spot Ladybird.

This beautiful creature was photographed on 27/08/2017 at Gaitbarrows National Nature Reserve, one of the Uk’s most important limestone landscapes. The photos clearly show the identification features needed to identify this beetle, particularly the black colouration, the two large red spots, one on each wingcase or elytra, and the flange around the elytra’s outer edges. All these characteristics point to the beetle being Chilocorus renipustulatus, the “Kidney-Spot Ladybird”.
Our database has 68 records, however much less recorded is its endoparasite, a deadly scuttle fly with the scientific name of Phlacrotophora fasciata which has only a single record from 1931! The females of this fly seek out the ladybird’s prepupae, just before they fully pupate. Behaviour has been observed of the ladybird trying to flick the scuttlefly off when it lands on it, but this is not usually successful. Several males are then attracted towards her, probably using pheromones, and fight for the right to mate. Once that is completed the female stabs its victim with her ovipositor and lays some eggs inside it which then go on to develop and later emerge from the beetle. The fly also likes to feed on the victim by cutting holes in it and sucking up the fluid which oozes out of the resulting wounds, sometimes for up to half an hour, by which time the ladybird is usually dead. The death of the victim does not appear to prevent the successful development of the scuttle fly eggs previously laid within it. Quentin Cox, CBDC Volunteer