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 CentreTuesday, June 21st, 2022 at 4:29pm
New discoveries in Talkin Tarn, Brampton. Steve Routledge sent us this note after this weekend's Festival of Nature.
"The species list did start slowly over the weekend at Talkin Tarn , but once I found a good spot I hit it hard with the net and it certainly brought results. 23 species of water beetle including the squeak beetle Hygrobia hermani. I also found the saucer bug Ilyociris cimicoides. But the highlight of the weekend for me was when I found a specimen of the water stick insect Ranatra fabricious , I couldn’t believe my eyes as I have only ever seen this insect in the South of England.
It, like many others, has been gradually moving more Northerly for reasons we don’t exactly know , possibly warmer climate, etc.
The stick insect does fly so I imagine it’s flown Northerly over years and has now ended up in the Tarn which is a fantastic record and we think it is the most Northerly site for it in the UK.
The squeak beetle and the saucer bug have also gradually made their way up here so who knows what we may find in the future .
#nationalinsectweek #FellfootForward #talkintarn #cumbriawildlife
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreFriday, June 17th, 2022 at 1:58pm
Guest post- Hannah Kidd, work experience student from QEGS
Recently we found a common green shieldbug (palomena prasina) in the garden of the Herbert Atkinson house. They look like a bright green shieldbug, about 12-14mm long with slightly expanded shoulders. Common green shield bugs, such as this one, were usually found in the southern parts of England, but have been moving north- presumably due to rising temperatures. The one we found was only the fourth in the CBDC’s records from Carlisle and a fully grown adult shieldbug. This is my first record.
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreTuesday, June 14th, 2022 at 9:23am
The Festival of Nature will be happening 18-19th of June at Talkin Tarn! Gathering families, nature enthusiasts and environmental organisations from the community to celebrate nature at the site. There will be stalls and activities during the whole day as well as scheduled events such as our Dragonfly walk or the RSPB Walk to Geltsdale. Entry is free!
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreFriday, May 13th, 2022 at 7:47pm
Recorder Suzie Collinson is leading these sessions to help others reap the wellbeing benefits of being in touch with nature. Please share.
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreSaturday, April 30th, 2022 at 8:28pm
CBDC are winners! CBDC was awarded Cumbria Social Enterprise of the Year 2022 in recognition of its achievements over the last few years. Thank you to all of our volunteers, supporters, clients and staff who have helped make this happen. Thank you to Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership for appreciating what we do.