Welcome to the Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre


Scarlet waxcap (Hygrocybe coccinea)


Violet coral (Clavaria zollingeri)


Yellow stagshorn (Calocera cornea) at Hallin Wood


Entoloma species at Rundale Fell



Who are they?

Cumbria Fungi Group is one of the newest Natural History Group in the county whom had their inaugural meeting on 04.09.2013. Their aim is to collect and record fungi in woodlands and other fungal habitats. The group is open to all, whether you’re a beginner just starting an interest in fungi or an old hand in fungi identification, you’re most welcome to get involved and learn more about these beautiful life forms and how to identify them.   

How do I get involved?

To register your interest in joining the group and for details of what to bring to a foray please contact Paul Nichol (pnichol20@gmail.com). You are also very welcome to simply turn up on the day to one of the scheduled meetings.

Autumn Forays 2016  

Saturday 20th August Coombs Wood Armathwaite meet on the bridge over the Eden NY507460

Thursday 1st September Powter How Wood Thornthwaite meet in the car park at Powter How NY221265

Wednesday 14th September Manesty Wood, Borrowdale. Meet at NY249200 on the Portinscale/Grange road above Brandlehow

Wednesday 21st September Great Wood Borrowdale meet in the car park NY272214

Wednesday 5th October Watchtree Nature Reserve Great Orton Airfield NR Carlisle This foray is an annual event open to the public. Meet at the visitors centre NY305539

Thursday 13th October Melkinthorpe Wood Melkinthorpe NR Penrith meet on the road in the village NY556252

Thursday 27th October Wigton cemetery and Mawbray Banks meet on the road outside the cemetery NY245490

Thursday 3rd November Holehird gardens Windermere Meet in the car park of the gardens NY410008

Forays start at 10.30am and last for 2 to 3 hours please bring along a basket if you wish to collect specimens, a penknife is useful for removing fungi on wood and a culinary fork for prizing specimens out of the litter. Some sort of hand lens is always useful as is an up to date field guide to fungi and a note book to record your observations.
A list of our records for a foray is provided for those who want them.

If you have any queries then contact me on 01697343566 or pnichol20@gmail.com. My mob. number which can be useful on field trip days is 07867383340

For further fungi events see Tullie House Museum programme of workshops, Cumbria Wildlife Trust programme of events, and Higham Hall College Bassenthwaite natural sciences courses.

Where do I send my Fungi records?

Please send all your fungi records to CBDC via our standard routes; email, iRecord or post. Please refer to the Send us Records page for more details. For more information about recording fungi, please visit our Recording Fungi page.

What will CBDC do with my Fungi records?

All Fungi records sent into CBDC are enter into a county wildlife and habitats database and are subjected to validation and verification procedures to remove errors e.g. with grid references and to ensure the data is as reliable as possible. Mycologist Paul Nichol acts as our fungi verifier.   

Your records could have a variety of important uses related to their conservation through CBDC providing information to conservation organisations and Local Authorities e.g. Local Planning Authorities to help them protect important sites for protected Fungi species, and regional and national recording schemes try to uncover and understand changes in species status and distributions over time related to changes in land use and climate change etc. Many species of Fungi are very useful indicator species so knowledge of their presence could also be used to initiate protect measures for other species found in the same habitats.  

Key links to more information about Fungi

 Waxcap Fungi in Cumbria: http://www.lakelandwildlife.co.uk/FungiWaxcap_SpeciesPage.aspx 

The British Mycological Society:  http://www.britmycolsoc.org.uk/ 

The Association of British Fungus Groups:  http://www.abfg.org/ 

The NBN Gateway (distributional information only): http://data.nbn.org.uk/ 

Key to Waxcap identification: http://www.aber.ac.uk/waxcap/what/key-main.shtml