Welcome to the Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre

ELEMENTS

The elements are listed below in the same order that they are referred to in the Guide on the Use of CBEB.

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SPREADSHEET

The Cumbria Biodiversity Evidence Base spreadsheet summarises the constituents of a standard biodiversity evidence base for Cumbria. The spreadsheet includes descriptions of, and links to, the full range of information that should be considered in the planning process, including some areas of information that are not yet available (notably biodiversity opportunities mapping). It identifies which information is provided within the original package in 2008, and where other information can be obtained and summarises the nature, availability and currency of each element. Note that the elements described on this page are only a subset of this list and are not a substitute for the spreadsheet.

Current Version 2.1 - March 2010   Download file [Excel spreadsheet]

 Significant new online resources published after March 2010 include Natural England's standing advice to local authorities on protected species and the guidance document Planning for a healthy environment: good practice for green infrastructure and biodiversity by The Wildlife Trusts and the Town and Country Planning Association.

 
CHARACTER AND POLICY DOCS

These documents give key background information on the broad character of Cumbria.

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GIS DATA FOR SITES, HABITATS & SPECIES

CBDC maintains the county database and disseminates this information which is constantly being updated. The data we hold on sites (including international, UK and local designations) habitats (including priority habitats) and species (including "key" protected and priority species observations and areas of Key Species Interest) are supplied as GIS layers to our partners with version metadata. For general interest and context, overview county maps of these layers are provided here in the form of an interactive map [requires flash].

As well as providing this data to local authorities and other partners, developers and others can access the detailed information for a search radius of any site/area upon request. This information is considered important to inform the scoping of surveys that will be required and provide an historical context for applications where often only a snap-shot in time is provided by recent survey of the site.

Current Version: Continuously revised

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SUMMARY - PRIORITY HABITATS BY AREA

The Summary Table of UK Priority Habitats Presence in Cumbria gives the extent of UK Priority Habitats in each of the districts, national parks and in the Joint Character Areas throughout Cumbria is provided in the spreadsheet. The priority habitat area information is presented as absolute area figures and % area figures for various administrative areas - the county as a whole, each district (whole district and area of district outside the national parks), the national parks and the Joint Character Areas. It should be noted that the Cumbria and district administrative boundaries are used, which include intertidal land, so the % figures need to be considered with this in mind. The absolute area figures for the habitat types are generated directly from the habitat layer provided to the Local Authorities. Note - the national habitat inventory information does not cover all UK priority habitats.
Therefore the actual total area figures of priority habitat within any one district or natural area will increase as more habitats are mapped, and the relative percentages of priority habitat will therefore change.

Current Version 1.1 - June 2008   Download file [Excel spreadsheet]

 
KEY SPECIES INFORMATION

This list is currently on our sister website, Tullie House Museum's Virtual Fauna of Lakeland. It provides information on the legislative and policy status of each protected, UK Priority (UK BAP) and Cumbria BAP species. It provides links to the relevant species statements through the English name, and links to the Tullie House Museum information with distribution maps through the scientific name. There are also photographs of many of the species.

Current Version 1.1 - June 2008   View Key Species List

 
SUMMARY - KEY SPECIES BY AREA

Information on the current known presence of Cumbria Key Species in each of the districts, national parks and in the Joint Character Areas throughout Cumbria.

Current Version 1.1 - June 2008   Download file [Excel spreadsheet]

 
KEY SPECIES RICHNESS MAP

The Key Species Richness map shows the number of different protected, UK priority and Cumbria BAP species ('Key Species') recorded on the CBDC database, for 2km squares. It is interesting to compare this with the UK priority habitat map and note that some of the areas with a reduced extent of priority habitat nonetheless have high species diversity. This map complements the priority habitat map in providing a broad overview of the priority biodiversity resource in Cumbria. The information underlying the Key Species Richness Map is limited by the lack of comprehensive systematic coverage and, to some extent, represents recorder effort.

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SPECIES AND HABITATS STATEMENTS

Cumbria-specific species information has been prepared for Barn Owl, Bats, Great Crested Newts, Hen Harriers, Natterjack Toad, Otter, Red Squirrel, Small Blue butterfly, Reptiles, Water Voles, and wintering geese and swans.

View Cumbria Species Statements

Cumbria-specific habitat statements are provided covering all priority habitats in Cumbria, except the ‘arable field margins’.

View Cumbria Habitat Statements

 
CONSIDERATIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES

The summary document Habitat Targets, Planning Considerations and Enhancement Opportunities draws together all of the separate ‘Planning Considerations’ and ‘Enhancement Opportunities’ sections from the individual species and habitats statements, and adds selected Habitat Targets taken from the 2008 North West Biodiversity Forum paper. The Targets focus on those habitats most likely to be impacted upon by the planning system and where Local Authorities can have the most positive impact.

Current Version 2.1 - April 2010   Download file [PDF]

 
SUPPLEMENTARY GUIDES

These two guides provide definitions and links to websites with further information.

A GUIDE TO WILDLIFE LEGISLATION AND SITE DESIGNATIONS

Note that the Habitat Regulations 1994 have been replaced by the Habitats and Species Regulations 2010. The Guide to Wildlife Legislation has been amended to reflect these changes.

Current Version 2.1 - May 2010   Download file [PDF]

A GUIDE TO BIODIVERSITY PLANNING POLICY AND GUIDANCE

Important note: there have been changes to planning policy since the latest version of this document, with the introduction of the National Planning Policy Framework in March 2012 and the 2011 Natural Environment White Paper The natural choice: securing the value of nature. This supercedes much of the planning policy and guidance mentioned.

Current Version 1.2 - March 2010 [Revision Due, for Reference Use]   Download file [PDF]