Responsible Recording

Recording, or biological data collecting is, for many of us, an enjoyable part of our lives, and the resulting data has many important uses for science, conservation, planning, and informing the development of policies and legislation.

However, if recording is not carried out responsibly, your presence and activities can have a serious, negative impact on the environment and the wildlife you are interested in. You should also consider the needs of landowners, farmers, livestock, and other people who visit, live and work in the countryside.

Knowledge and implementation of the information below will enable all recorders, novice and expert, to act responsibly and as ambassadors of good practice to others.

These policies and codes have been developed and based on sound research and experience over many years. As a photographer or birder how many times have you tried to get the perfect shot, or confirmed identification, by getting too close to your subject? Such disturbance can often affect breeding success, or finding enough food to survive the night. It might cause tired migrants to move on to less suitable habitats when they need to shelter, rest or feed.

Codes of Practice

All users of the countryside:
Countryside Code

Birdwatchers:
Bird Watchers’ Code (BTO, .PDF)

Wildlife photographers:
Photography and the Law (RSPB, .PDF)

Butterfly enthusiasts:
Collecting, breeding and photography (Butterfly Conservation, .PDF)

Advice for Dog Walkers

Dog disturbance has been researched and scientifically proven to cause breeding failure and desertion by wildlife of otherwise suitable habitat. Roosting waders have been shown to be critically affected by dog walkers as they are constantly moved on along the beach. Cumulative minor disturbances have been proven to be more detrimental than single large events, and as the population increases and suitable habitat is lost these pressures are compounded.

Scottish Outdoor Access Code for dog walkers 

Rare Breeding Birds

If you discover a rare bird, particularly a breeding species, think carefully about who you inform. Large numbers of visitors wanting to see the unusual sight might cause breeding failure or criminals may steal eggs or young.

Reporting Birds to RBBP (.PDF)

Health and Safety

When venturing out make sure you are fit enough for your chosen activity: tiredness causes poor decision making. Make sure you are properly equipped and know how to use it. The weather in Cumbria can change very quickly: make sure you have clothing for all likely eventualities. Make sure you can navigate ,and don’t rely on electronic navaids such as GPS and smartphones which are prone to failure. A map and compass is far more reliable. Be tick aware!

Mountain Rescue Safety Advice
BTO’s Health and Safety for Volunteer Surveyors
Lyme Disease Action
Tick and Lyme Disease advice (.PDF)

Know the Law

Rare species and those particularly prone to disturbance are protected by wildlife legislation. Make sure you know the law with regard to your target area or species before you leave home.

Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000

Wildlife Crime Reporting

If you suspect someone is committing a wildlife offence you can report it to the Cumbria Police by telephoning 101 or file a non-urgent crime via the link below.

Cumbria Police Wildlife Crime

Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre

The Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre at Tullie House Museum, Carlisle keeps wildlife information for the county of Cumbria. Tullie House Museum, in its role as a local natural history museum, has collected and disseminated records of wildlife in Cumbria since its inception in 1893. From the early 1990s the Museum has developed a computerised database of species and habitat records in Cumbria and has taken the central role in providing a local biodiversity data service for the county. This role was restyled as Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre (CBDC) in 2010, a not-for-profit organisation hosted by Tullie House Museum and advised by local stakeholders.
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreThursday, June 13th, 2024 at 2:15am
Two weeks till the inaugural Cumbria Wild Watch.

Get involved to help us build a biodiversity snap-shot of Cumbria.

It is so easy to do and you will be helping inform biodiversity decision making across this glorious county....

https://www.cbdc.org.uk/get-involved/cumbria-wild-watch/

#CumbriaWildWatch
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreWednesday, June 12th, 2024 at 6:30am
Cumbria Connect are organising a series of workshops to gauge views and opinions on the local landscape. For dates and venues, see:
https://www.cbdc.org.uk/cumbria-connect-future-landscapes-workshops/
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreWednesday, June 5th, 2024 at 10:00pm
Join us at 4:30pm today to find out more about Cumbria Wild Watch with a free webinar about wildlife recording...

Register for the webinar: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdsOVAw5ym7Yb06XBQvbrdxFrVuGbfpp_vRv9OLYXMzZeq47w/viewform?usp=sf_link

#CumbriaWildWatch #Cumbria
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreMonday, June 3rd, 2024 at 12:00am
Here at CBDC, we're not just interested in biodiversity data but also collate information about Cumbria's geodiversity. We work closely with #CumbriaGeoConservation who regularly review sites across this geologically diverse county. This short film explains more about what geodiversity is:
https://youtu.be/LtFzkDMsYtI
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreThursday, May 30th, 2024 at 4:30am
Join us at this time next week for a webinar about the forthcoming Cumbria Wild Watch weekend. Find out more about wildlife recording and how you can contribute to establishing a biodiversity baseline for Cumbria....

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdsOVAw5ym7Yb06XBQvbrdxFrVuGbfpp_vRv9OLYXMzZeq47w/viewform?usp=sf_link

More about #CumbriaWildWatch: https://www.cbdc.org.uk/get-involved/cumbria-wild-watch/
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreFriday, May 24th, 2024 at 10:09pm
Join us for a recording event at Bassenthwaite Lake on Saturday 29th June to celebrate #CumbriaWildWatch.

We'll be looking for snails, daisies and so much more!

More information: https://www.cbdc.org.uk/get-involved/cumbria-wild-watch/