Field Guides and Keys

Field guides and identification keys are essential for making good records.

There are many resources online and offline to help you with accurate identification, essential for biological recording. The searchable ID Signpost by the Field Studies Council (FSC) catalogues hundreds of these national resources by taxon group.

CBDC and Tullie House Museum have some keys which you may use in our offices by appointment. Contact our Recording Officer.

Local Wildlife ID guides including ferns, ladybirds, grasshoppers and shieldbugs as well as county checklists can be found on Carlisle Natural History Society’s public resource pages.

A good introduction to Recording is the NBN’s Darwin Guide to Recording Wildlife.

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 at 10:00pm
Very exited to see the Ernest Blezard cases out on display again! https://t.co/jsLHae5c6U
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Exciting stuff as the famous Ernest Blezard habitat bird cases are installed for #Tullie125 #exhibition. Here red kite, southern puffins, kestrel chicks, merlins shown. Recreating the fondly remembered bird room atmosphere of older times. https://t.co/0EPsd4Mj3S
Sunday, February 3rd, 2019 at 7:43pm
Best ever farmland bird ringing day - phenomenal 142 Yellowhammers caught inc a 5 year old with c700 Yellowhammers on site! 400 Tree Sparrows present with 31 ringed but 44 retrapped originally ringed as nestlings across the landscape. I think working with the farmers is working! https://t.co/5ZCAghpSBX CumbriaBDC photo
Sunday, February 3rd, 2019 at 7:38pm
We had a great first #Winter #Invertebrate talk last night with Ian Beddison. A fascinating presentation followed by soup, cake & a good natter! This was one of our favourite of Ian's photos, beautiful Ruby-tailed wasps found in County #Durham 😍 @NorthPennAONB @HeritageFundNE https://t.co/1xbUFOHTbO CumbriaBDC photo