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.

Saturday, May 27th, 2017 at 12:25am
SIGHTING OF THE WEEK - 20nd - 26th May

Our sighting of the week is Rhopalus subrufus which is new to Vice... https://t.co/XxZj4cyolH
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Friday, May 26th, 2017 at 10:38pm
RT @_BCT_: Reminder - @BCT_NBMP Introductory Bat Detector Workshop in Cumbria this Saturday 27th May! #lovebats Register here https://t.co/… CumbriaBDC photo
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Friday, May 26th, 2017 at 10:37pm
Interesting dung beetle records-bird stomach dissections@CarlisleNats Transactions 1962. Curlew and dung beetle decline linked? @Team_DUMP. https://t.co/ARSbku053b CumbriaBDC photo
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Friday, May 26th, 2017 at 6:38pm
Life before Apps and internet - found whilst sorting out archive files.
Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 at 11:39pm
First Recording Day site visited - Raven's Beck and Jordan Hills (NY6143 Haresceugh). Woods, streams, exposed... https://t.co/8hXQSlZCCl