Welcome to the Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre


A collection of free resources for biological recording, which will be expanded over time. This includes help getting grid references online, using a GPS for recording, and equipment such as microscopes you can borrow without charge.

In addition, recording resources as described below are available for use by appointment at Tullie House Museum in Carlisle.


Field Guides and Keys

We also have resources available in partnership with our colleagues at Tullie House Museum and the Carlisle Natural History Society which recorders may make use of at the museum by appointment. This includes a CBDC microscope and ID guides and keys. Please contact the CBDC recording officer (recordingofficer@cbdc.org.uk / 01228 618717) to make an appointment.


Reference Collection

The Museum Natural Sciences reference collections are also available for identification and research purposes. Please see the Tullie House Museum website for more information on the material held and contact the Curator of Natural Sciences, Stephen Hewitt (steve.hewitt@tulliehouse.org / 01228 618736) if you would like to use the reference collections.