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, July 1st, 2020 at 3:30pm
Taking photos of butterflies can be difficult sometimes, but this could be a new method worth trying out! This is a small tortoiseshell and was recorded on the 23rd of June as part of the Get Cumbria Buzzing project.

Please comment bellow a picture of your non-human recording partner!

For more information on Get Cumbria Buzzing follow this link:

Plus here is a helpful guide from Get Cumbria Buzzing on pollinators in Cumbria:
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreTuesday, June 30th, 2020 at 11:19am
Help Get Cumbria Buzzing record as many butterflies as possible TOMORROW (1 july). Take pictures of the different butterflies you see in the garden or when out on a walk, perhaps over the course of an hour or over the whole day, and we will identify them for you!

Then simply upload your pictures onto iNaturalist.
To do this download the iNaturalist app (available via Google Play or App Store) or sign up here
Then, all you need to do is:
1. Create an account
2. Go to Projects, and find ‘Get Cumbria Buzzing’
3. Join ‘Get Cumbria Buzzing project
4. Check out the help videos and information
5. Start taking photos on your phone and upload them onto to iNaturalist. The website will try to identify the images once uploaded.

Get Cumbria Buzzing’s experts will be at hand to verify your recordings between 9.30am-4.30pm, however feel free to upload your photos at any point during the day. The idea is to record as many different butterflies as possible. If you upload images outside this time, don’t worry your records will still count, and we will verify them as soon as we can!
Your records will contribute valuable data to local and national biodiversity record centres. With your help we will be able to create the first Cumbrian Pollinator Atlas and will be able to track insect populations and movements. This valuable information will help inform us on the best ways to support pollinators across the county.

For more information, please email

Thanks to the #NationalLotteryPlayer and support from the #NationalLotteryHeritageFund @HeritageFundNOR, #HighwaysEngland @highwaysenglandofficial, @cumbriafoundation #thankyouccf and @Allerdaleborough @tesco @SolwayAONB Rees Jeffreys Road Fund
This activity is part of ‘Get Cumbria Buzzing!’ Project. Head to these webpages for more information:…/get-cumbria_recording-the-buzzzi…/

Photo credit: David Longshaw
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreTuesday, June 23rd, 2020 at 5:02pm
The May issue of the National Forum of Biological Recording newsletter, is available and looking for contributors for the next issue! See the issue below, for more information.

It also contains information on the NBN awards for wildlife recording, which are looking for nominations for 2020, before 27th of July. So, if you know someone that is a passionate recorder then go check out the different criteria for the 5 awards and get nominating.
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreSaturday, June 20th, 2020 at 3:07pm
A little video of beetles living their lives to brighten your day!

Going on a walk or into your garden can be a great way to see lots of great wildlife. This whole video was filmed using a phone during a short walk and shows a few different species of beetle seen just outside Ambleside. Species identification using the footage are at the end of the video, so if you want to you can try and identify them yourselves.

Comment any images you have of any of the species in this video, as I am sure we would all love to see them.
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreTuesday, June 16th, 2020 at 1:38pm
Get Cumbria Buzzing!

Is hosting a recording event tomorrow (Wednesday 17th of June) from the comfort of your own garden. They are looking for people to record bumblebees in Cumbria using iNaturalist, a mobile app that allows you to take a picture of a species and record it as well as helping you to identify what it could be if you are unsure.

This is a great opportunity to test out iNaturalist, which is becoming a very important tool in recording wildlife. Here at the CBDC we are now receiving hundreds of records from this app and it is a great way for people new to recording to get started. However, experienced recorders should submit their records to CBDC in the usual way, via the CBDC spreadsheet, iRecord or an online recording scheme.

For more information on how to use iNaturalist this YouTube video is very useful:
Friday, July 3rd, 2020 at 6:07am
Young mudshrimps Corophium are growing & moulting right now; a friend once described the piles of cast exoskeletons as 'like snow-drifts' along the shore. Not quite such dramatic nos. here but I was thrilled to find them - the long antennae are clearly seen CumbriaBDC photo
Thursday, June 25th, 2020 at 5:41am
Two Fabulous Pollinators for Cumbria Recording the Buzz Project. Chrysolina oricalcia (l) & Chrysolina polita (r). Both GB red listed. @CumbriaBDC @TullieHouse @cumbriawildlife @_NFBR @insectweek CumbriaBDC photo