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, 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