Slide Slide Slide Bloody Nosed Beetle © Gary Hedges Slide Fox cubs recorded in 2016 © Terry Middleton Cumbria has 24 UK priority habitats making it the most biodiverse in county in England Slide Hoverfly Arctophila superbiens 2016 first record in Cumbria for 3 years © Gary Hedges Slide

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 CentreMonday, April 19th, 2021 at 6:30pm
CBDC is 10 years old. To be ready for the next 10 years we are asking our stakeholders to complete a short 6 minute questionnaire. Tell us what's good, what's not and what you would like us to do in the future.

Recorders Survey:

Data Users (commercial) survey:
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreMonday, April 19th, 2021 at 10:30am
#CumbriaNature A truly fascinating stroll along the cliffs at St. Bees Head this week in The Roar of the Razorbills.
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreFriday, March 26th, 2021 at 6:10pm
Good Evening Everyone!
Here is the second post of the day from Geoconservation

Find out about Local Geology Sites (LGS) in Cumbria.
Thanks to Cumbria Biodiversity Centre, we now have a fantastic system to show you where in Cumbria to find some really interesting geological and geomorphological sites. These sites have been designated of being of local geological interest. The national sites are geological SSSIs.
The map on our web pages allows you to browse an area, or search for certain features or rock types eg corries or dyke or granite… etc
Once you click on a site, a pop-up box appears and that gives a short summary of what you can expect to see. These local sites are either on publicly accessible land or can be viewed form a public right of way.
Then click on the Datasheet to see more information and check the location on an Ordnance Survey map to plan your visit, or just browse the many LGS sites in Cumbria.
Check out the other pages for geology information at
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreFriday, March 26th, 2021 at 10:19am
Good Morning! We'll have two posts today from 2 different groups.
This morning it's from the Cumbria Lichen and Bryophyte group! (Scientific name for each image is captioned on each individual photo)

Cumbria Lichen and Bryophyte group had three well attended meetings in the first quarter of 2020 (Great Mell Fell, Low Wood, Tom Gill), before official activities were brought to a halt by coronavirus. While following government restrictions, some of us managed some small informal bryophyte outings: Holme Wood, Milkingstead Wood, Warnscale Bottom, Wounddale, Haweswater and Mardale Waters, Rainsbarrow Wood, Wallowbarrow Gorge, Johnny’s Wood. Overall, in bryophytes, we recorded about 250 species in VC 69 and 375 in VC70, including some uncommon species we were pleased to see, and one vice-county first (Plagiothecium cavifolium).

Most exciting finds: Anastrepta orcadensis, Anoectangium aestivum, Anthelia julacea, Bazzania tricrenata, Campylopus setifolius, Dicranum scottianum, Hageniella micans, Harpanthus scutatus, Herbertus aduncus, Hygrohypnum subeugyrium, Lepidozia pearsonii, Metzgeria leptoneura, Plagiothecium cavifolium.

Informal lichen-hunting visits were made to Holme Wood, (impressive Bryoria fuscescens colonies were found), and Grange Scar (Solorina saccata was amongst the limestone species recorded). Group members have been involved in the Lobaria pulmonaria translocations in Borrowdale and near Haweswater, as well as pursuing their own local recording. In total, 4,006 Cumbrian lichen records were added to the British Lichen Society database in 2020 by 11 recorders. Highlights included new sites for Pyrenula hibernica (“blackberries in custard”) in Borrowdale; the re-finding of Pectenia cyanoloma near Rosthwaite; and new records of the montane species Cetraria islandica and Ochrolechia frigida on the far eastern fells.

The group’s first AGM (held by Zoom) had 26 attendees: we look forward to a full program of trips once Covid regulations are eased.
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreWednesday, March 24th, 2021 at 3:41pm
Good afternoon all! In the run up to the conference a few various groups have put together posts for you. Our first is from Cumbria Amphibian and Reptile Group!

CARG is the amphibian and reptile conservation group for the Cumbria County. As a volunteer run group our aims are to promote the conservation of our native reptiles and amphibians here in Cumbria. Improving the knowledge of the distribution of our native species, educate and increase awareness via surveys and practical conservation.
Recently we have increased our education outreach work by providing education materials on our website, with the aim to hold education days in local schools and at some of the fantastic nature reserves in Cumbria (COVID permitting).
An exciting upcoming project for 2021 is our burial grounds project, which empowers local people to engage with and survey green spaces near them for reptiles such as the elusive slow worm (full training provided).
We work closely with the community to improve and protect habitats for amphibians and reptiles and encourage recordings of any sightings. We have recently been working with a local nature reserve to increase awareness of adder populations in Cumbria, whilst trying to reduce the stigmatisation of the species.
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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021 at 8:18am
Buglife Webinar Happening Now. Showcased Get Cumbria Buzzing's successful biodiversity improvements of our Highways' verges. They can prove Better Management = more pollinators + lower maintenance costs. @cumbriawildlife, @Buzz_dont_tweet @TullieHouse
Monday, March 22nd, 2021 at 1:09pm
So this little friend found recently in Dumfriesshire turns out to be Dinocheirus panzeri, a first for Dumfriesshire and to the whole SWSEIC area. Thanks to @PseudoscorpUK for identifying the specimens. CumbriaBDC photo
Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 at 6:20am
Important article as Cumbria drafts its Local Nature Recovery Strategy
Monday, March 8th, 2021 at 3:23pm
Good evening everyone! We are very excited to let you all know that the bookings for this years Recorders Conference is now open.
Follow this link to book:
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Monday, March 1st, 2021 at 8:36am
Here is a flavour of what the Nature Recovery Network is all about. During the years ahead, a lot more of this kind of initiative will be possible as new laws and policies lead to changes on the ground.