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, April 24th, 2019 at 4:23am
Tullie House is looking for someone to work 1 day a week running actvities in the Secret Garden, May to October. See http://www.tulliehouse.co.uk/about-us/vacancies-and-work-placements/secret-garden-facilitator
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreWednesday, April 24th, 2019 at 1:21am
Upcoming Event!
Booking essential so follow the link below
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2019-north-east-england
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreFriday, April 12th, 2019 at 1:26am
Big Thank from Daisy to recorders Steve Doyle, John Martin and Chris Hind who fact checked her first ever museum exhibition.😀
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreMonday, April 8th, 2019 at 1:36am
The species of the week this week are Adder’s (Viperus berus).

A UK priority species that can be found in a variety of habitats such as woodland and heathland with a diet of lizards, small mammals and some small birds. Adders can be easily identified due to their distinctive zig-zag pattern down their back; they do vary in colour but tend to be ‘greyish’ though females sometimes appear more ‘coppery’ and males more ‘silvery’. Interestingly they are a venomous snake and the only venomous snake found in the UK, however they have a very diluted venom that isn’t that harmful to humans plus they naturally will slither off rather than lash out.

The CBDC has around 1000 records for Adders in Cumbria with the highest recorded month being May. The two highest recording years for Adders where 1991 and 2011, since 2011 we have seen a consistent downward decline for the number of records we receive. This is a worrying trend that is occurring across the UK, it is believed this decline is due to habitat loss but also adders only reproduce every 2-3 years meaning population recovery is very slow.

This means Adder records and recording Adders is very important as it can help create a bigger picture of the Adder population in Cumbria. If you have seen any Adders recently and have managed to get a picture of them please comment them down below, to start things off here are some incredible images taken by local recorder and an active member of the Cumbria Amphibian and Reptile group, Racheal Thompson.
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreTuesday, April 2nd, 2019 at 12:29am
Fantastic News!
Monday, April 1st, 2019 at 9:21pm
Fantastic and Exiting news! https://t.co/swBzqGHVtd
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Our NATURAL SCIENCE COLLECTION has been awarded #DESIGNATION STATUS by @ace_national which means we're lucky enough to have one of the most important collections in England right on our doorstep 🎉 >> https://t.co/pC8LC5bzD2
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Sunday, March 24th, 2019 at 11:52pm
🌿 @mjopocock now; It’s important to consider what drives people to do #BiologicalRecording... many personal benefits: wellbeing, connecting with nature (and in our current climate - disengaging from political news) 🐞🐝🦇🦅🐚🍄🌳 https://t.co/MglRWvybyH CumbriaBDC photo
Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 at 10:53pm
Come & capture the woodland wonders of the #LakeDistrict at our FREE Plantlife Photography Event this Wednesday in Borrowdale, #NationalTrust. Still a few places left! #lichens #bryophytes #wildlifephotography #Cumbria https://t.co/yRo4Lg9BaM CumbriaBDC photo