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 CentreWednesday, December 12th, 2018 at 9:52pm
How to travel the world spider style, life in an earthworm family and the adder's poor attitude to fatherhood. Check out the interviews with animals for fascinating facts from this series of informative podcasts.
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreWednesday, December 12th, 2018 at 2:46am
Species of the week Waxwing

This week’s species of the week is the Waxwing, as the now almost famous group of Waxwings have returned to Keswick. They are quite an impressive site feeding on the berries very nimbly despite their larger size. They breed in northern Europe but when winter comes if they feel there are not enough berries then they migrate to England to feast on the berries throughout winter. Keswick, though the most accessible site, is just one of many sites that Waxwings can be found throughout Cumbria.

The image below is some waxwings from the Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust natural history skins collection

I know that lots of you have some fantastic pictures of the Keswick Waxwings, so if you do have some images please comment them below as I am sure everyone would love to see them!
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreMonday, December 10th, 2018 at 5:33am
Hope you all had a good weekend!

I have created an updated list of links to local groups, Facebook pages and websites that may be of interested to all you recorders out there. I hope that you find it helpful, these are just a selection of groups that I could link to there are lots more out there. So, if there are any great groups local to Cumbria that you know please comment them below.

Links to local groups for recorders:

Cumbria Fungi Group-Facebook link:
Cumbria Bird Club-Website link:
Cumbria Wildlife Trust-Facebook link:
Carlisle Natural History Society-Facebook link:
Arnside and District Natural History Society-Website link:
Keswick Natural History Society-Facebook link:
Ambleside Natural History Society-Facebook Link:
Cumberland Bat Group-Facebook link:
South Cumberland Bat Group-Website link:
Cumbria Botany Group-Facebook group:
Cumbria and Amphibian Reptile group-Facebook group:
Cumbria Moth Group-Facebook group:
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreSaturday, December 8th, 2018 at 7:17am
There is a fantastic opportunity coming up for all those with an interest in moth trapping. For more information and to book your place please follow the link:
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreThursday, December 6th, 2018 at 10:44pm
Calling All Natural Historians and Recorders.....Tullie House Museum is collecting stories for a 125 anniversary exhibition next year. Have you got a story to share? Your first visit? Did you see something that changed your life? Whatever it is visit and let them know.

We shared our story: The day we evacuated Herbert Atkinson House because the smell of the whale bones being cleaned in the garden was too much to bear!

This is what National Geographic has to say about Dead Whale.
Imagine a jar of bacon grease that you leave out in the sun for weeks. Now imagine that odor is so potent that it clings to everything you own. It gets in your sinuses and stays there for days afterward. I participated in the necropsy of a right whale about six years ago and my chest-waders still smell faintly like that day. Decomposing whale is one of the worst smells in the world..
Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 at 7:19pm
The Waxcap
So called due to their waxy and sometimes slimy appearance. They appear in late autumn on unimproved grassland. Unimproved grassland is just that areas that have not been fertilised or had biocides added this can include rough pastures and some lawns such as graveyards
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Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 at 9:56pm
April doing her thing!
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April Windle @aprilwindle
How many lichenologists does it take to open a gate? This many apparently, especially when situated in Naddle Forest supporting beautiful communities like this! #Haweswater #LakeDistrict #Cumbria
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