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CBDC Newsletter – February 2017

Events

We organise a small number of events each year that give our volunteers the chance to meet each other, gain new skills and practise recording.

Solway Nature Networks

CBDC and the Solway Coast AONB are inviting local people to help them discover more about the natural history of the Solway.  Join  us at one of our walks or training events.

Bioblitz Each year CBDC works with local conservation organisations to run a Bioblitz. The purpose is to record as many different species in a short period of time. These events are open the public and those interested in wildlife whether an experienced recorder or just beginning.
Annual Recorders Conference This annual event attended by over 80 recorders provides an opportunity to find out about national and local recording activities.
Recording Days A small programme, usually 4 days, over the summer months to visit and record wildlife sites that have not been visited for a while. These days are for experienced recorders and members of the local natural history groups and recording schemes.
Training Days Cumbria has a long tradition of highly skilled recorders across a wide range of plants and animals. CBDC provides training on Biological Recording and works with local experts to run plant and animal Identification skills.

Tullie House Museum Events

All Tullie House Museum events are advertised on their website.

Saturday 3rd February – Curating the Spirit Collection and Stuffed Birds at Tullie House

The team involved with the Spirit Collection Work were a mix of students, a retired surgeon, an ex-museum worker, a mycologist and two members of Tullie House staff. Time was divided between cataloguing the Spirit Collection and checking the condition of the taxidermy collection for signs of infestation or damage.

Work on the Spirit Collection included recording all the information from the labels, such as when the animals were collected and where they had come from.

The team also took a look at the entomology collection of which there are hundreds of thousands of specimens in the Tullie House collection.Read the blog about the event here.

                            

Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th April 2018 – Nature Explorers’Weekend

CBDC, conservation organisations and recorders came together in March last year to promote the Tullie House collections and the wildlife of Cumbria.

To get a taste of what to expect watch in 2018 watch. Freya Steele’s short video of the day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeG_ih9bWVs
Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 at 10:00pm
Very exited to see the Ernest Blezard cases out on display again! https://t.co/jsLHae5c6U
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Tullie House @TullieHouse
Exciting stuff as the famous Ernest Blezard habitat bird cases are installed for #Tullie125 #exhibition. Here red kite, southern puffins, kestrel chicks, merlins shown. Recreating the fondly remembered bird room atmosphere of older times. https://t.co/0EPsd4Mj3S
Sunday, February 3rd, 2019 at 7:43pm
Best ever farmland bird ringing day - phenomenal 142 Yellowhammers caught inc a 5 year old with c700 Yellowhammers on site! 400 Tree Sparrows present with 31 ringed but 44 retrapped originally ringed as nestlings across the landscape. I think working with the farmers is working! https://t.co/5ZCAghpSBX CumbriaBDC photo
Sunday, February 3rd, 2019 at 7:38pm
We had a great first #Winter #Invertebrate talk last night with Ian Beddison. A fascinating presentation followed by soup, cake & a good natter! This was one of our favourite of Ian's photos, beautiful Ruby-tailed wasps found in County #Durham 😍 @NorthPennAONB @HeritageFundNE https://t.co/1xbUFOHTbO CumbriaBDC photo