Welcome to the Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre

Cumbria's Local Environmental Records Centre

Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre at Tullie House Museum is the one-stop-shop for biological records and other biodiversity and geodiversity information for the county, enabling others to better understand, protect and foster the biodiversity of the region. Anyone can access the species information we hold via the Virtual Fauna of Lakeland or NBN Gateway for education and research purposes or make use of our data services for more detailed information for decision making.

Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre (CBDC) is one of a network of local records centres (LRCs) throughout the UK. LRCs are organisations that collect, collate, manage and disseminate information relating to the biodiversity and geodiversity of a region on a not-for-profit basis. This information is received from a variety of sources, including from professional ecologists, local natural history groups and volunteer recorders.

Along with managing data and providing services, our third core function is to support biological recorders and recording in the county.


Our work is directed by a steering group with representatives of our main data users, who also provide most of our funding, and our main data providers. Our steering group has representation from Cumbria Wildlife Trust; Cumbria County Council; Natural England; Environment Agency; Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust; Lake District National Park Authority; the planning departments of the district Local Authorities; and Cumbria Naturalists' Union (representing natural history societies and recording groups in the county).

We are hosted by Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust which has been a centre for Cumbrian biological records for over a century - read more about our history. Some of our services are provided as Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery (Trading) Ltd.

Annual Reports

Annual Reports summarising CBDC's work carried out each financial year (April-March) are published here as PDF files to download:

2012-13 CBDC Annual Report

2013-14 CBDC Annual Report