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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, March 6th, 2018 at 10:41pm
Unexpected item in the Leven area. Pete Martin was not expecting to film a harbour porpoise when walking along R. Leven, Harbour Bridge in January this year. https://t.co/l9sfr4YaC7
Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 at 7:51pm
@SAASA_RSA Oh so true!
Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 at 6:25pm
Working on a funding bid today to increase recording on the @SolwayAONB https://t.co/w5NOtt9egw
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Solway Coast AONB @SolwayAONB
Good morning 😊 from @SolwayAONB
There's a little bit of snow ⛄ on Criffel this morning.......wrap up warm!! @SolwayCoastwise @AONBFamily https://t.co/QRcG9NgRMx
Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 at 6:24pm
Excellent "trap" for the recording of worms, spiders and slugs.😃 https://t.co/zuNrdXMUNv
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Recycle for Cumbria @Recycle4Cumbria
You need never have smelly food waste in your bin again if you treat yourself to a food waste digester - all food waste enriching the earth or turning into great compost Get yours in time for Xmas. https://t.co/Ezz1DLnjw6
Sunday, October 1st, 2017 at 9:42pm
As we move into October, look out for unusual looking Blackbirds - you may just spot a Ring Ouzel! https://t.co/Rn1wO4nimX @BBCSpringwatch https://t.co/93J4oR3Zly CumbriaBDC photo