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.
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreThursday, July 18th, 2019 at 11:14pm
Recording day at Gilsland tomorrow. Still going ahead despite rain. Let us know if you will be attending.
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreThursday, July 18th, 2019 at 12:47am
Thank you John Martin for sharing this video of an unlikely but competent nocturnal gymnast!
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Aigas Field Centre
For the last few weeks one of our bird feeders has mysteriously been found empty on the ground every morning...a couple of nights ago we set up a camera trap to catch the culprit, and here's what we found!
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreWednesday, July 10th, 2019 at 9:50pm
CBDC's checking its ready to support 11 year old Orin's Bioblitz at NT Footprint this weekend. Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust specimens- tick. FSC Field ID Guides - tick. Microscope - tick. Collecting pots - tick. Tea & biscuits - tick. See you there!
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreTuesday, July 9th, 2019 at 1:30am
Record Highlight!

Another record highlight from the Keswick mountain festival on the 18th of May this time a species of leaf beetle, Chrysolina polita. This species is nice and easy to spot thanks to its distinct metallic green colour with red undertones which tend to look more intense in photo then in person. They can often be found by wildflower and nettles, and do tend to be found mating, which Guy joked made them ‘Chrysolina impolita’. This beetle is common and widespread throughout the UK and here at the CBDC we have over 100 records for it, the oldest dating back to 1919 which is in the Tullie house entomology collection.

Below shows an image of Chrysolina polita and a map of some of the CBDC records and with the most recent highlighted.
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreMonday, July 8th, 2019 at 12:28am
CBDC always gets excited when it adds a new species to its database. Carassius auratus, found during CBDC's recording day Harrington Nature Reserve on Saturday - thanks Steve Routledge for this record...perhaps not a species you were expecting?!🤨🤣
Thursday, July 18th, 2019 at 1:10am
If you have not recorded butterflies before this could be the motivation you require to get started.
CumbriaBDC photo
Butterfly Conservation @savebutterflies
Tomorrow is the launch of our Big #ButterflyCount 2019!

Join @ChrisGPackham and Sir David Attenborough to make this the biggest ever! 🦋

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Wednesday, July 10th, 2019 at 6:34pm
CBD getting ready to support 11 year old Orin's, Bioblitz at #NationalTrust Footprint building nr. Windermere #LakeDistrict. 4pm Saturday 13th - 4pm Sunday 14th. Lots of walks, talks and expert naturalists to learn from! Hope to see you there. @TullieHouse
Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 at 1:04am
Whilst we are promoting biological recording and Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre locally Tom from @_ALERC_is busy doing likewise at the House of Commons.
Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 at 1:00am
@ALERC_NC @BiodiversityPs @_BCT_ Thank you for promoting LERCs nationally hopefully it will result in increased recognition locally. 😃🦋🐛🐝🐜🦀🦠🐞🐋🦇🦆🐾🌿🌳🐚🍄🦊