Recorders’ Conference

Established in 2011 the Recorders Conference has become an Annual Event welcoming speakers and recorders from Cumbria and beyond. We aim for a range of speakers and posters on a wide variety of topics – focused on a particular species, group or habitat; results of recording and monitoring projects; and ideas, techniques and resources to help you get involved. The conference offers a chance to meet others interested in exploring nature, share discoveries and learn more about the species which make their home in Lakeland.



Cumbria Recorders’ Conference 2018

Tullie House Museum, Saturday 10th November, 10am – 4pm.

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Topics include:

  • Rural and wildlife crime
  • Moth recording without a trap
  • Slow-worm Project Update
  • Recording Geological Sites
  • LOST – Looking out for Small Things
  • Fellfoot Foward

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Recorders joined our Annual Conference to hear talks that included:
National Biodiversity Network Changes and the impact on the future of CBDC
Slow worms
House mouse project
Stories from the Wildlife Register
CBDC Recording Day highlights



89 recorders joined our Annual conference to hear about:
Hydroscape – a study of British Freshwaters – Dr Alan Law
UK Dung Beetle Mapping Project – Ceri Watkins
Local recording updates included:
• Cumbria Fungi Group – Paul Nichol
• Swifts in the Community – Bryan Yorke
• Bats in Trees – Rich Flight
• Mapping Cumbria’s Dragonflies – David Clarke
• Netted Carpet Moth –John Hooson
• Ecosystem Canaries – Peter Woodhead
• Trail Cameras and Recording Technology – John Martin


Topics included:

• Launch of the Cumbria Bird Atlas – Stephen Westerberg, Cumbria Bird Club
• Movements of Wintering Gees and Swans on the Solway – Frank Mawby
• Finding and Monitoring Dormice in Cumbria – Tony Marshall
Lost and Found Fungi Project – Brian Douglas, Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew
• Alien vs Predator – the Harlequin ladybird in Britain, Richard Comont
Cumbria Geoconservation Group and the Local Geological Sites


Presentations included:

• What would Darwin Tweet? – Richard Burkmar
• Polecats and Pine Martins – Elizabeth Croose, Vincent Wildlife Trust
• CBDC Habitat Connectivity Projects – Moustafa Eweda
• Recording Cumbria’s bats – Rich Flight
• Lichens of Cumbria – Allan Pentecost
• What’s at Witherslack – Jim Thomas

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 at 11:24pm
Species of the week this week is the Glossy ibis, a very rare migrant bird to the UK.
This is the first ever Glossy ibis recorded in Cumbria in 1921, which is now a part of the Tullie house collection.
CumbriaBDC photo
Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 at 11:23pm
We've recently been visiting some fantastic habitats across the @NorthPennAONB, working to establish Special #Invertebrate Sites. Can't wait for the field season to kick off, recording at these places with our #volunteers! @HLFNorthEast @heritagelottery #WednesdayMotivation CumbriaBDC photo
Monday, January 14th, 2019 at 10:01pm
Lovely trip up to the woodlands near Irton Pike at the weekend, for the BBS field meeting (VC70) with Diane Dobson! Fell witness to the most spectacular tree stump I have ever seen! #bryophytes #LakeDistrict #Cumbria CumbriaBDC photo
Monday, January 14th, 2019 at 9:58pm
First day back in the office, with a Christmas present from @PlantlifeScot. These guides are totally brilliant - thank you so much. To receive your FREE copies email Scotland Please RT & share! #lichens #bryophytes #fungi CumbriaBDC photo