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.



This year recorders watched the first camera footage of a Pine Marten in Cumbria and learned more about their hitch hiking behavior from Kevin O’Hara Project Officer Vincent Wildlife Trust.  Delegates also heard about:

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

Read more about the conference.



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, May 15th, 2019 at 7:10pm
Onthophagus medius - a Nationally Scarce dung beetle species discovered new to Oxfordshire CumbriaBDC photo
Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 at 7:07pm
We will be at Keswick Mountain Festival Friday, Saturday and Sunday, running a variety of nature related activity's. It going to be a great time so please come and see us!
Monday, April 1st, 2019 at 9:21pm
Fantastic and Exiting news!
CumbriaBDC photo
Tullie House @TullieHouse
Our NATURAL SCIENCE COLLECTION has been awarded #DESIGNATION STATUS by @ace_national which means we're lucky enough to have one of the most important collections in England right on our doorstep 🎉 >>
#naturalscience #Carlisle #museum #Cumbria #ACE
Sunday, March 24th, 2019 at 11:52pm
🌿 @mjopocock now; It’s important to consider what drives people to do #BiologicalRecording... many personal benefits: wellbeing, connecting with nature (and in our current climate - disengaging from political news) 🐞🐝🦇🦅🐚🍄🌳 CumbriaBDC photo