Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre

The Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre at Tullie House Museum, Carlisle keeps wildlife information for the county of Cumbria. Tullie House Museum, in its role as a local natural history museum, has collected and disseminated records of wildlife in Cumbria since its inception in 1893. From the early 1990s the Museum has developed a computerised database of species and habitat records in Cumbria and has taken the central role in providing a local biodiversity data service for the county. This role was restyled as Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre (CBDC) in 2010, a not-for-profit organisation hosted by Tullie House Museum and advised by local stakeholders.
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreThursday, January 17th, 2019 at 2:21am
This week’s species of the week is a bit different, the Glossy Ibis a very rare migrant bird.

The Glossy Ibis is a large wading bird that breeds in north America and Southern Europe, before returning to Africa, Asia and Indonesia. Each year a small number, around 20, arrive in the UK and can even turn up here in Cumbria.

The first ever recorded Glossy Ibis in Cumbria was by T.F.Marriner in the 1920's, in Moorhouse, near Carlisle. It also featured in a book called ‘Birds of the Lakeland’ as the first record of this species. The specimen was given to Tullie house and was displayed in one of Ernest Blezards bird cases alongside some other rare migrants: Squacco Heron and Purple Heron.

The picture below shows the Glossy Ibis, comment below if you have ever seen a Glossy Ibis in the UK or any other rare migrants!
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreMonday, January 14th, 2019 at 12:21am
Here is a short film created by 3rd year Wildlife Media student Paul Bacon that looks at how wildlife recording can be carried out along side other outdoor activities and in this case trail running.

Do you combine wildlife recording with any other activities? Let us know in the comments below!
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreFriday, January 11th, 2019 at 8:00am
Species of the week, this week are Mosses;

Mosses or Bryophta are a type of non-vascular plant. Unlike vascular plants which are defined by their stems, leaves and roots, non-vascular plants have no roots and produce spores. Other examples of non-vascular plant are Liverworts and Hornworts.

Mosses grow in damp conditions, which is due to the fact that they do not only have roots for nutrients, but also for reproduction as Dioicous males move using the water to get closer to the females; whereas Monoicous reproduce within their plant.

Mosses are important in the ecosystem because they can absorb liquid 20 times their weight which helps to reduce flooding. They also prevent soil erosion. One of the great things about mosses is the fact that they grow everywhere and as there are 600-800 species in the UK they are great for recording.

Below are some pictures I took of some mosses I spotted on a wall on the way to work.

Comment below any pictures you have of mosses or any interesting moss species you have seen;
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreThursday, January 10th, 2019 at 12:48am
So what does CBDC do with the data it holds? One thing is to share it with local planning authorities. This short film explains how records (biodiversity data) should be used in the future as the 2018 25 year Environment Plan is implemented.
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An introduction to Biodiversity Net Gain
Biodiversity net gain is an approach to development and land management that leaves the environment in a measurably better state. Implementing biodiversity n...
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreWednesday, January 2nd, 2019 at 11:43pm
This weeks species of the week are deer’s;

There are 6 species of deer in the UK, Cumbria is home to all but one of these different species of deer the exception being the Chinese water deer. In Cumbria there are the Red and Roe deer these are the true native species, then there are Sika, Fallow and Chinese Muntjac which are near native species in the UK as they have been here so long.

Deer numbers in general are on the rise in the UK as they are no longer prey to other members of the food chain. But there are other factors that could be responsible for an increase in population: year-round crop growing, increased woodland coverage, milder winters etc. To try and understand how deer populations are changing Recorders data is more important than ever to be able to track these changes.

There are also lots of great way to survey deer the tried and tested method of field observations but also camera traps, which are a great way of surveying shy animals like Deer but also mammals in general. If you do have any Deer records, then please send us to them using the link below:

Deer Quiz, can you identify the species of deer in the images attached? Comments your answers below.
Thanks Paul Bacon for the photo.
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.
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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 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 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 Please RT & share! #lichens #bryophytes #fungi CumbriaBDC photo