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, October 9th, 2019 at 10:35pm
Big Thank you to Lanercost Primary School’s Eco Warriors who have been learning about habitats and classification. They invited CBDC to help them use their knowledge in Island Wood next to the school. Together we made 101 records, which included new species records for Lanercost including Stinkhorn, Larch ladybird, Pill milipede. CBDC is looking forward to receiving more records in the future.
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreMonday, September 23rd, 2019 at 8:59pm
Alien species alert. Have you seen the Water Primrose? See Defra's Poster
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreThursday, September 12th, 2019 at 2:09am
Its never too late to send in your records, pics and videos. Linda sent this in and we think it is the first 10k square record.
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreThursday, September 5th, 2019 at 3:57am
1843 was the last reliable record of a Wildcat in Cumbria - killed near Loweswater! Hear about Marianne Taylor's search for the Wildcat in Scotland. Marianne will be in conversation with Deb Muscat, CBDC Manager, in Tullie House Museum on Sunday 6th October at 10:30am. Follow link to book your seat.
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreMonday, August 19th, 2019 at 4:25am

We have received a few calls recently from people who are finding young bats in their gardens so we thought we would tell you a bit about bats in the UK and Cumbria and what to do if you stumble across one.

There are 17 different species of bat found in the UK with 9 of these being found in Cumbria. Bats hibernate in roosts throughout the winter and then breed throughout the summer. Bats are an important pest controller and can eat up to 3,000 midges in one night. In other parts of the world, they are important pollinators – without them there would be a lot less chocolate! Unfortunately, bats are in trouble with 25% of the world’s species at risk of extinction and 12 identified species already extinct. This is due to a number of man-made reasons from changes and loss of areas to roost and forage, loss of insects to feed on and the impact from artificial lighting on feeding and roost site. Cats are also responsible for a lot of bat casualties. Due to the risk to bats all species and their roosts are protected by law in the UK and Europe.
The main cause of bats being found at this time of year is the young who are learning to fly for the first time, but this is not always the case.

If you do come across an injured or grounded bat then make sure it is safe from immediate danger, the best thing to do is to pick it up with a towel or glove and place it in a cardboard box. The towel or glove will protect the bat when you pick it up and provide something to cling to in the box. Also, add a milk bottle top of water and poke holes in the lid of the box for ventilation and place the box in a cool, quiet place. Then phone the NATIONAL BAT EMERGENCY HELPLINE. They will give you further advice and contact a local qualified bat handler to visit you. The bat handler will check the bat for injuries and give you further advice or they might take the bat away for rehabilitation.

More information on finding a bat;

For more advice and information about bats in Cumbria visit or

Image below shows a common pipistrelles
Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 at 9:19pm
SAVE THE DATE: 29th February 2020-CBDC Recorders' Conference. New date will allow everyone time to process 2019 records and provide an opportunity for "hot off the press" reports and presentations. We haven't decided a theme yet...but the date is triggering a few ideas. CumbriaBDC photo
Monday, August 12th, 2019 at 10:42pm
Join @NorthPennAONB's FREE #bee walk with @StevenFalk1, Sun 1 Sept at Langdon Beck & Harwood-in- #Teesdale Special #Invertebrate Sites. Late flowering species = fantastic habitat for #bumblebees, solitary bees & more. Beginners welcome. Booking essential: CumbriaBDC photo
Sunday, August 11th, 2019 at 10:21pm
@solwaywalker Thanks Ann. Sending it to me is a start we will add it to the Cumbria records. If you have any other records for the Solway I can add them to our List. The volunteers we recruited last year wanted to focus on plants so we are still short on shore data.
Sunday, August 11th, 2019 at 8:46pm
@solwaywalker @TurfPix Not a commonly recorded fish - NBN atlas shows a couple of records just off the Silloth coast. CBDC does not have records for this species (not that we get much marine data). Will you be sending your record off to anyone? Debs