About Us

Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre (CBDC) is a one-stop shop for Cumbria’s biological records, biodiversity and geological information. CBDC collates and analyses Cumbria’s biodiversity data and the information produced supports the work of wildlife enthusiasts, consultants, planners, researchers and members of the public who are interested in Cumbria’s biodiversity.

Over 2 million wildlife records are held at CBDC, including those for a variety of animals, fungi and plants. CBDC supports over 700 volunteer recorders and 24 recording groups in the county who provide the majority of our data. By working with local and national experts, CBDC’s staff are able to undertake a significant amount of work to ensure that the information accurately reflects Cumbria’s biodiversity. CBDC is a not for profit organisation and any income generated through our data services helps to support the recording community in Cumbria.

CBDC is an independent initiative hosted by Tullie House Museum (Charity no: 1143235) and is based in Tullie House Museum offices in Herbert Atkinson House, Abbey Street, Carlisle. Tullie House has held natural history records since 1902 when the Natural History Records Bureau was formed. CBDC was established in 2011 in response to organisations needing biodiversity data to meet their obligations under the National Park and Access to Countryside Act of 1949, Earth Summit 1992 and the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act of 2006.

CBDC is one of a network of local record centres throughout the UK and is a member of the Association of Local Record Centres. We are also a member of the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) who collate records from many sources, including from local record centres, recording groups, national recording schemes and ecologists. CBDC’s data is shared with the NBN which gives us an understanding of each species at a national level.

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 at 10:41pm
Unexpected item in the Leven area. Pete Martin was not expecting to film a harbour porpoise when walking along R. Leven, Harbour Bridge in January this year. https://t.co/l9sfr4YaC7
Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 at 6:25pm
Working on a funding bid today to increase recording on the @SolwayAONB https://t.co/w5NOtt9egw
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Solway Coast AONB @SolwayAONB
Good morning 😊 from @SolwayAONB
There's a little bit of snow ⛄ on Criffel this morning.......wrap up warm!! @SolwayCoastwise @AONBFamily https://t.co/QRcG9NgRMx
Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 at 6:24pm
Excellent "trap" for the recording of worms, spiders and slugs.😃 https://t.co/zuNrdXMUNv
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Recycle for Cumbria @Recycle4Cumbria
You need never have smelly food waste in your bin again if you treat yourself to a food waste digester - all food waste enriching the earth or turning into great compost Get yours in time for Xmas. https://t.co/Ezz1DLnjw6
Sunday, October 1st, 2017 at 9:42pm
As we move into October, look out for unusual looking Blackbirds - you may just spot a Ring Ouzel! https://t.co/Rn1wO4nimX @BBCSpringwatch https://t.co/93J4oR3Zly CumbriaBDC photo