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 CentreTuesday, January 11th, 2022 at 7:31pm
BOOK NOW: to find out about the Fellfoot Forward Site Seeing Project and how you can help. Thursday 20th January 2022. 7:00pm – 8:30pm (Online) - an informal session to meet the team and to find out more about:
• The Fellfoot Forward Project and the Site Seeing Project
• What are County Wildlife sites, why do we have them and where are they?
• Cumbria County Wildlife Sites and their role in Nature Recovery Networks
• How you can help?

If you are interested in attending this event please click the link to the CBDC website training events page to register your interest.

Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre are partners in the Fellfoot Forward Project.
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreWednesday, December 22nd, 2021 at 2:51pm
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreThursday, December 2nd, 2021 at 7:08pm
Open Mosaic Habitat – Workington
Stuart ran the second workshop on the Open Mosaic Habitat (OMH) of post-industrial sites in Workington a week or so back. The session was kindly organised by Susan and Raegan of the Workington Nature Partnership along with two of their brilliant volunteers. After a morning theory session in a nice warm training room, they ventured out to a disused railway track-bed. They studied this linear brownfield site, as a test-run using the survey methodology, to determine whether it contained the all-important OMH. Although the plant list was reasonably long, these data will need to be collected during the spring and summer months to gain a full appreciation of the species present. It gave CBDC, however, sufficient information to prioritise this site for an OMH survey next year.
The local knowledge of the volunteers was particularly useful in providing an historical context for this post-industrial site, as well as details about which other taxa one should look out for during the survey.
If you are interested in taking part in brownfield site surveys to determine the presence of Open Mosaic Habitat, then please contact Stuart via email . Visit our website at
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreTuesday, November 23rd, 2021 at 7:00pm
Fungi forays and new find.

FUNGI FINDS. The 2021 Cumbria Fungi Group programme of forays has now concluded for another year.
It is worth a quick mention that at least 2 new species to Cumbria have been discovered by the group along with a couple of other species with only a small number of current records. These have been confirmed by Paul Nichol who is still the Cumbrian Fungi Recorder, despite now languishing in sunny climes!

One of our new records: Hairy oysterling, Resupinatus trichotis, on the bark of a dead twig. At only 3-5mm in diameter, it is not a species that is easy to spot!
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreMonday, November 15th, 2021 at 10:01am
CBDC is training volunteers to survey Cumbria’s brownfield sites.
Stuart, our Recording Officer, is leading a short programme of events which began with a workshop and field visit on 4th November as an introduction to Open Mosaic Habitats of Post-Industrial Sites (OMH). It is part of a project run by Cumbria Local Nature Partnership and funded by Natural England and local authorities. The venue was kindly organised by BOOM, the species re-introduction project led by University of Cumbria.
OMH comprises a mixture of habitats, which must as a minimum include bare substrate and/or sparsely vegetated substrate within a brownfield site. The photo of the slag heap from the former steel furnaces at Barrow, shows an impressive amount of bare-looking substrate which grades into sparse vegetation towards the foot of the heap. Upon closer inspection, it is evident that lichens are beginning to colonise the bare substrate - the start of an ecological succession. OMH on brownfield sites across the UK sustains many nationally rare species of bees, wasps, beetles, etc, many of which require the open nature of some of these habitats along with a range of other habitat types to fulfil their life cycle. OMHs also support a range of plant communities not yet fully described as part of the National Vegetation Classification (NVC) system, which unsurprisingly include many introduced species, particularly in urban and peri-urban areas. These diverse plant communities are believed to lengthen the flowering period, not only sustaining plant populations but also providing greater resources in the form of pollen, nectar, herbage and shelter for a range of animal species.
The data from these surveys will provide evidence and improve our knowledge of this often overlooked but important habitat in Cumbria. The results will be added to the Nature Recovery Network maps which will be used to shape future planning and land management decisions.
Further training workshops and surveys are planned. If you are interested in participating, please contact CBDC or the Cumbria Local Nature Partnership (CLNP).
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#KMF2021 We Are Ready!

The sun has come out as the final pieces of the festival jigsaw are put into place.

What an absolutely stunning backdrop. We think this year is going to be an absolute blast.

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At Keswick Mountain Festival this weekend? Help us record the wildlife... visit CBDC website to see how. or Visit us at F05 on Saturday to get involved. @cumbriawildlife @KeswickFestival CumbriaBDC photo
@SocketedAxes @TullieHouse The Tullie Secret Garden has a juvenile or two "stranded" every year. It's parent will visit it and it will be OK. They are very noisy and the call is very poignant so it will tug at your heart strings!