Welcome to the Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre

Deborah Muscat

Deborah Muscat

Centre Manager

Deb joined the CBDC in January 2016.  She brings with her a wide experience of working in the charitable sector which includes advising and training Trustees as well as managing her own teams of staff and volunteers.  Deb has been a successful fundraiser as well as a grant maker.  After the floods of 2009 Deb was awarded Cumbria Woman of the Year 2010 recognising her ability to manage complex projects and work with people at all levels to improve the lives of Cumbrian communities.

Deb has a life long commitment to environmental conservation and gained a Msc in Biological Recording in 2010. 


Contact Deb:
Email manager@cbdc.org.uk
Phone 01228 618732


Moustafa Eweda

Dr El-Moustafa Eweda

Biological Data Officer

Moustafa joined CBDC in 2011; his job covers a wide range of activities in managing and analysing data. His top priorities are to organise and map spatial data using GIS tools, provide data to our partners and to undertake data searches for our commercial biodiversity enquiry service. He is also responsible for keeping CBDC up to date with the latest software and providing technical support and developing multimedia presentations for events and exhibitions. He works with the Biological Recording Officer in managing CBDC’s biological datasets and maintaining appropriate data quality standards.

Moustafa's background includes experience in database management, environmental monitoring, Impact Assessment (IA) and environmental audit. His academic qualifications in science and environmental planning offered him an opportunity to work with different research approaches using a variety of techniques for analysing data and presenting results. In addition to his experience in using GIS tools, Moustafa has a particular passion for animation and dynamic content implementation using Adobe software programmes.

Before joining CBDC, at the Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre (TVERC), Moustafa worked on a number of project works using GIS techniques and data from habitat inventories, aerial photography and old maps to identify those features and areas of natural environment that are most at risk from the effects of climate change and mapping where sustainable woodland management could have the greatest benefit for biodiversity. At CBDC Moustafa has led on technical GIS projects including mapping habitat connectivity in the Bassenthwaite-Ullswater catchment, analysing habitats for pollinators to develop B lines for the Northwest in the Coast to Coast B Roads project, and ongoing mapping for the Cumbria Bird Club using Cumbrian tetrad survey data.


Contact Moustafa:
Email dataofficer@cbdc.org.uk 
Phone 01228 618770


  • Gary Hedges

Gary Hedges

Biological Recording Officer

Gary’s joined the CBDC team in late 2012. His role at CBDC is to engage, support, advise and promote the recording activities of organisations, recording groups and individuals involved in the collection and use of wildlife data in Cumbria. He also assists in many other areas of CBDC’s work such as the management of CBDC’s biological datasets, processing incoming data, and community engagement via events and social media. Gary is your first point of contact with CBDC for sending in records and assistance with recording.

Gary is a nature conservationist and Lepidopterist. Although Gary most actively and thoroughly records butterflies and moths, he takes a keen interest is recording a wide spectrum of wildlife. Aside from his hobbies, he has experience in biological recording from various voluntary roles with organisations such as Sherkin Island Marine Station and Butterfly Conservation.  He has academic qualifications in Biological Recording, Biodiversity Conservation, and Applied Geography, with experience of managing GIS data from his role with Essex Wildlife Trust. 


Contact Gary:
Email recordingofficer@cbdc.org.uk 
Phone 01228 618717