About Us

Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre (CBDC) is a one-stop shop for Cumbria’s biological records, biodiversity and geological information. CBDC collates and analyses Cumbria’s biodiversity data and the information produced supports the work of wildlife enthusiasts, consultants, planners, researchers and members of the public who are interested in Cumbria’s biodiversity.

Over 2 million wildlife records are held at CBDC, including those for a variety of animals, fungi and plants. CBDC supports over 700 volunteer recorders and 24 recording groups in the county who provide the majority of our data. By working with local and national experts, CBDC’s staff are able to undertake a significant amount of work to ensure that the information accurately reflects Cumbria’s biodiversity. CBDC is a not for profit organisation and any income generated through our data services helps to support the recording community in Cumbria.

CBDC is an independent initiative hosted by Tullie House Museum (Charity no: 1143235) and is based in Tullie House Museum offices in Herbert Atkinson House, Abbey Street, Carlisle. Tullie House has held natural history records since 1902 when the Natural History Records Bureau was formed. CBDC was established in 2011 in response to organisations needing biodiversity data to meet their obligations under the National Park and Access to Countryside Act of 1949, Earth Summit 1992 and the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act of 2006.

CBDC is one of a network of local record centres throughout the UK and is a member of the Association of Local Record Centres. We are also a member of the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) who collate records from many sources, including from local record centres, recording groups, national recording schemes and ecologists. CBDC’s data is shared with the NBN which gives us an understanding of each species at a national level.

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
Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 at 7:07pm
We will be at Keswick Mountain Festival Friday, Saturday and Sunday, running a variety of nature related activity's. It going to be a great time so please come and see us!
Monday, April 1st, 2019 at 9:21pm
Fantastic and Exiting news! https://t.co/swBzqGHVtd
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Tullie House @TullieHouse
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
#naturalscience #Carlisle #museum #Cumbria #ACE https://t.co/lBnJNauoLN
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