Local Groups

Recording Groups

There are many informal and formal local groups, societies and branches of national societies that can help you to learn more about the fascinating wildlife Cumbria has, and how to identify and record it – whether your passion is for mosses or moths. CBDC aims to work alongside and support all such groups and vice-county recorders of the national schemes and societies.

Many of these groups sit under Cumbria Naturalists Union which is an umbrella organisation that publishes the annual county natural history report, Birds and Wildlife in Cumbria. Copies are available from the Tullie House shop or from Cumbria Bird Club. CBDC provides records to the report writers for each group.

You are always welcome to send records of any and all species to us directly if it is easiest for you; if you send them to us and also elsewhere, please let us know so we can try and keep track of duplicates.

Natural History Societies

Cumbria Fungi Group
Cumbria Bird Club
Cumbria Wildlife Trust
Carlisle Natural History Society
Carlisle Natural History Society Facebook page
Carlisle Natural History Society Twitter page
Arnside Natural History Society
Keswick Natural History Society
Alston Moor Wildlife Group
Alston Moor Wildlife Group Facebook page
Ambleside Natural History
Maryport and District Natural History Society
Cumberland Bat Group
South Cumbria Bat Group Facebook page
Cumbria Botany
Cumbria Botany Facebook page
British Trust for Ornithology
The Cumbria Amphibian and Reptile Group
Cumbria Natterjack Project Officer
Cumbria Moth Group
Moth Records
Butterfly Conservation
Birds and Wildlife in Cumbria Publications
Waxcap Fungi in Cumbria
The British Mycological Society
The Association of British Fungus Groups
Key to Waxcap identification
The NBN Gateway (distributional information only)

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. https://t.co/jbfqQr35Js
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 https://t.co/8ly41goTJN 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 https://t.co/TPDljQFvtX 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 @plantlife.org.uk. Please RT & share! #lichens #bryophytes #fungi https://t.co/kiVnLmOOZb CumbriaBDC photo