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 CentreSaturday, November 10th, 2018 at 6:27am
That's a wrap on The Recorders Conference 2018! We had a fantastic day with many interesting talks on a wide variety of different organisations, project and species. We want to thank all that came, those that gave excellent talks and all that contributed to a great day.

Also a big thanks to all our recorders those that came and those who couldn't make it, you make what we do possible and are fantastic!
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreWednesday, November 7th, 2018 at 3:51am
Species of the week this week is the European hedgehog, which should all be heading off to hibernation around now.

Hedgehogs are one of the few mammals that ‘truly’ hibernate meaning they don’t sleep, but rather drop their core body temperature and enter a state called torpor where they reduce all body functions to save energy. This is very different to a grey squirrel who do appear to hibernate but really, they just sleep a lot.

Hedgehogs are one of the more recognisable UK mammals, and they tend to prefer gardens to more rural habitats which can put them in harm’s way particularly around bonfire night (hopefully you all had fun but kept wildlife in mind). European hedgehogs as the name suggest can be found across most of Europe, including the Channel Islands where on two of the islands 25% of the hedgehog population are ‘blonde’ (leucistic) due to a recessive gene and a small gene pool.

The European hedgehog is in trouble in the UK as it is in decline across the UK and here in Cumbria population density is a lot lower than most other areas of the UK. Some theories think that the decline could be due to pesticides that kills off insects that the hedgehog relies on for food. Unfortunately, though there are many factors that could be blamed for the decline and so far, we cannot pinpoint the direct cause if there even is one cause. So, all we can do is continue to monitor population levels and gather more information so that we can continue to try and find an answer to the problem.
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreMonday, November 5th, 2018 at 5:57am
As the recorders conference is almost upon us, I thought I would tell you all about what a recorder is and what they do.
The name ‘Recorder’ is given to the all the people that go and gather data and record wildlife that they see. This data is then given to us and we process it and then add it to our database, that way the data can be accessed and used to understand biodiversity in Cumbria. Recording wildlife can be done by anyone they just need to record species they see and provide as much information as possible to improve the quality of the record for example: Where did they see it? What is it? When did they see it? Who saw it and was anyone else there to see it? How many did they see? Any information on what it was doing? Did they get any proof e.g picture?

The information that we gather from all our recorders contributes to the conservation and our understanding of Cumbria and the lake district. For example, we recently used this data to create maps to look at our Atlantic Woodlands (the lake districts rainforest) where they are and where they could be. This information can be found on our website and was created from data gathered by our recorders and LOST who went out and collected information on different plant indicator species. This information can then be used to understand what plant species we have, what we want more of and how this affects different animal species.

So, becoming a recorder is a great way to contribute to science and the future of biodiversity in Cumbria, it is also fun. So, for more information on doing some of your own recording follow the links below and sign up to come to our recorders conference, its free and there will be lots of interesting talks on wildlife in Cumbria.

Species recording sheet I recommend printing the species recording sheet out and taking it with you on outings so you can get the hang of recording and as a reminder of what information is needed for a quality record. :

Recorders conference sign up: https: //

Thank you Rachel Owen for the great picture of a Yellow Stagshorn fungus, spotted at High Stand plantation near Wetheral.
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreFriday, November 2nd, 2018 at 1:19am
Wildlife crime in Cumbria.

Cumbria is home to some of the most spectacular and diverse wildlife in the whole of the UK, but this means it is also home to higher levels of wildlife crime. Which is why Cumbria constabulary have specially trained officers that investigate these crimes, and these officers work hard to prevent further crimes in the future. To find out more about the work that our local Wildlife Crime Officers do for our wildlife then come to our annual recorders conference where our wildlife, rural and environmental officer will be giving a talk all about their role.

There will also be loads of other interesting talks at the Recorders conference covering a wide range of topics:
• Slow worm project
• Recording geological sites.
• Moth trapping without a trap.
• Pine marten project.
• Curlew project talk.
So we hope that you have booked your place to attend if you still haven’t then that’s ok places are free and there is still time for you to sign up just follow this link:
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreTuesday, October 30th, 2018 at 10:21pm
A new youth nature network for Cumbria...

Some of you may be aware of our new local ‘A Focus On Nature’ group or AFON, but some of you may not yet have heard about it. AFON is a youth nature network that connects, supports and inspires young naturalists across the UK, providing a platform for people under the age of 30 to engage with like-minded individuals, share skills and knowledge, whilst hearing about opportunities within the area. The network also has a mentoring program that connects young naturalists with experts working in within different disciplines of natural history.

We now have our own branch representative for AFON set up for the North West of England which is run by April Windle, who oversees the Looking Out for the Small Things project, focusing on lichens and bryophytes in Atlantic woodlands. AFON is open to anyone who has a keen interest in nature and wants to hear about all the different opportunities available in the North West of England. . It is also a great place to share all the different work that youths have been up to and promote any projects that you have heard of.

So please do join and get involved there are so many interesting things going on and we will share any events going on at CBDC and Tullie house in there to so it’s a great way to get nature relevant information.

Search for the group on Facebook: A Focus On Nature - North West
Then click request to join then when your request is approved you will receive a notification saying you have joined, then you can start sharing amongst your peers.
Saturday, November 10th, 2018 at 3:21am
A huge thank you to all that attended The Recorders Conference 2018! What a fantastic day with many great talks about recording in Cumbria and different projects from all over the country. See you all again next year!
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Monday, November 5th, 2018 at 10:25pm
If you have popped into Tullie House recently you may have seen the Woodrow Wilson exhibit. Where the Cumbrian Biodiversity Data Centre gets a shout out as the oldest biological records centre! CumbriaBDC photo
Monday, November 5th, 2018 at 10:13pm
Exciting news! North West England now has a @AFONature group. If your under the age of 30, live in the NW and love #nature then this is the perfect opportunity for you! PLEASE share far and wide #AFON CumbriaBDC photo
Monday, October 29th, 2018 at 8:07pm
This is one of four events around the @lakedistrictnpa to explore what World Heritage Status means to the people who live and work in Cumbria. Come and tell us what you think! (Booking is essential.) Thanks to @Lake District @lakesfoundation and @theRSAorg for funding. CumbriaBDC photo
Friday, September 14th, 2018 at 1:21am
Felltop fungi growing in association with the Dwarf Willow on Eel Crag, Cumbria last week. The Cep (Boletus edulis), Mountain Grisette (Amanita nivalis), Fly Agaric (A. muscaria) and Russula renidens @LostFoundFungi CumbriaBDC photo