Welcome to the Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre

Promoting and Supporting Recording

One of CBDC's core objectives is to promote biological recording and support Cumbrian recorders. We do this through events such as BioBlitzes and Recording Days, conferences, workshops and talks, occasional special surveys and resources such as help with GPS and equipment loans.

We also want to raise awareness of ways to get involved with learning about your local wildlife through the county's natural history societies and other wildlife groups so we bring together their recording activities in a useful calendar.

Getting Started as a Recorder

There is a lot of help out there in getting started in wildlife recording, not least in the form of CBDC's Biological Recording Officer and the rest of the CBDC team who you can contact for information and assistance in the practicalities of recording wildlife. The Send Us Records and Groups pages on this website also contain useful pointers.

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

These days there are many resources online and offline to help you with accurate identification, essential for biological recording. The searchable ID Signpost by the FSC catalogues hundreds of these national resources by taxon group. More locally, CBDC and Tullie House Museum have put information and identification support pages together on groups such as waxcap fungi and dragonflies on the Virtual Fauna of Lakeland. 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.

FSC ID Signpost

Virtual Fauna of Lakeland Species Pages

CNHS Wildlife ID guides

CNHS County Checklists