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 CentreTuesday, May 21st, 2019 at 12:42am
JOB OPPURTUNITY: Cumbria Wildlife Trust- Finance and Administration officer for get Cumbria Buzzing.

Link to website: https://www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk/jobs/get-cumbria-buzzing-administration-and-finance-officer
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreWednesday, May 15th, 2019 at 9:59pm
This Friday, Saturday and Sunday we are going to be at Keswick Mountain Festival!

We will be running a variety of activity's, including crafts and exploring the festival looking for wildlife! So hopefully we will see you there!
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreWednesday, May 15th, 2019 at 4:17am
This week’s species of the week is the Willow warbler!

The Willow warbler is a small olive-green bird with a pale underside and a distinct long pale stripe above its eye. They can be seen around throughput the summer in most of the UK from March to October, Migrating for the winter to Sub-Saharan Africa. This migration covers about 5000 miles which is impressive, for a bird that weighs as much as a box of matches. They eat a variety of things but mainly they are insectivores. Willow warblers make their nests very near the ground and create impressive domed nests that often has a built-in escape route.

The Willow warbler can be easily confused with a Chiffchaff, the main difference between these species is the Chiffchaffs distinctive song. However, if they are not singing or you do not feel confident on your bird song then there are a few other small differences to look out for; eye stripe length the Willow warbler has a longer eye stripe, size the Willow warbler is slightly bigger and leg colour the Chiffchaff has dark grey legs where as the Willow warbler has pale more pinkie coloured legs.

The Willow warbler is found throughout the summer across Cumbria with only a handful wintering here. In comparison the Chiffchaff has higher numbers of individuals who winter in Cumbria, though the Chiffchaff is less abundant in Cumbria in the summer particularly across the fells.

Image shows Willow warbler.
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreThursday, May 9th, 2019 at 5:20am
Congratulations to all the volunteers and curators over the years who have helped make Tullie House Museum's Natural Science Collection nationally significant. Your efforts have been rewarded :-)
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreTuesday, May 7th, 2019 at 4:31am
We had a fantastic day at Oak Tree Animals' Bioblitz!
Thanks to everyone who came we managed to record 107 species!

These included birds, a roe deer and lots of fantastic bugs. Including this Green Longhorn moth which is a first for this 10km square since 1897 recorded by F.H Day.

We also got a variety of more unusual invertebrates that we will be telling you more about soon after they have been verified
Monday, May 20th, 2019 at 10:41pm
Incalculably lucky to have a day lichening at Haweswater with Allan Pentecost on Monday, as part of #Plantlife’s #Lichen NGB programme. His story of completing 100s of cross sections to compare internal cephalodia between Cumbrian & Scottish Lobaria never gets old! #Legend! https://t.co/vadwOfPs2j CumbriaBDC photo
Monday, May 20th, 2019 at 9:47pm
Simple but interesting and useful survey that everyone can get involved in! https://t.co/AuCvX0Zzjq CumbriaBDC photo
Monday, May 20th, 2019 at 9:44pm
JOB OPPURTUNITY: Cumbria Wildlife Trust- Finance and Administration officer for get Cumbria Buzzing.

Link to website: https://t.co/hd8yNkWaYl
Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 at 7:10pm
Onthophagus medius - a Nationally Scarce dung beetle species discovered new to Oxfordshire https://t.co/nQ7DCFqxz0 CumbriaBDC photo