CBDC staff use their recording, IT, GIS mapping and analysis skills to support a wide range of projects linked to Cumbria’s Natural History.  Income from these projects helps CBDC support the 100’s of volunteer recorders in Cumbria that provide the records.

If you think CBDC can help you or your project please contact us.

Examples of CBDC project work:

Cumbria Local Nature Recovery Network (CLNRN) Habitat Mapping  Habitat datasets were collated and mapped in coordination with Cumbria Local Nature Partnership (CLNP) on behalf of Cumbria County Council for the development of Cumbria habitat basemap and local Nature Recovery Networks (LNRN). This was project was one of five pilot projects commissioned by Defra in 2020-21 to help in mapping the most valuable sites and habitats for wildlife and identify where nature can be restored.
Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) test: “Forgotten Lands” The project aimed to explore approaches to encourage farmers to take part in mapping the natural capital of their farms. This involved mapping 21 farms in Cumbria, providing baseline information and creating online interactive maps for heling farmers collecting data, including identifying species (e.g. birds and other fauna), mapping habitats and associated flora on their farms.
Get Cumbria Buzzing – Pollinator Analysis and Mapping This project is a collaboration between CBDC and Cumbria Wildlife Trust (CWT). The purpose of this work is twofold, firstly to provide current habitat and species data that will help inform decisions on habitat intervention work and secondly to collate the project pollinator records. The collated records provide the basis for the development of a pollinator distribution atlas for Cumbria.
Cumbria Dragonfly Atlas This atlas was the first attempt for creating an online, updatable atlas for dragonfly in Cumbria. It was created in a collaboration with David Clarke, British Dragonfly Society County Recorder for Cumbria. The online map shows the distribution of dragonfly records represented by tetrad grids on top of ‘Google map’. The map provides a tool for searching for species recorded in Cumbria using common names. Species photos, number of records, information on location and records mapping period can be browsed by clicking on species pop-up markers.
Hidden Hedgerows Project Database The purpose of this work was to design and built a database to hold the hedgerow survey data from the Hidden Hedgerows Project run by Cumbria Wildlife Trust (CWT) with an aim to increase connectivity and reduce fragmentation of hedgerow habitat in the Rusland Horizons scheme area. The hedgerow data was also mapped and analysed and the findings used to contribute to the production of a hedgerow report for the project.
Mapping Atlantic Woodlands in Cumbria This project was commissioned by Plantlife with an aim to identify suitable Atlantic woodland habitats and map key lichen and bryophyte indicator species records and assess suitability of identified woodland based on presence or absence of species within the woodland areas. Environmental parameters were also mapped to assess how other external factors affect lichen and bryophyte distribution.

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 CentreThursday, June 13th, 2024 at 2:15am
Two weeks till the inaugural Cumbria Wild Watch.

Get involved to help us build a biodiversity snap-shot of Cumbria.

It is so easy to do and you will be helping inform biodiversity decision making across this glorious county....

Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreWednesday, June 12th, 2024 at 6:30am
Cumbria Connect are organising a series of workshops to gauge views and opinions on the local landscape. For dates and venues, see:
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreWednesday, June 5th, 2024 at 10:00pm
Join us at 4:30pm today to find out more about Cumbria Wild Watch with a free webinar about wildlife recording...

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Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreMonday, June 3rd, 2024 at 12:00am
Here at CBDC, we're not just interested in biodiversity data but also collate information about Cumbria's geodiversity. We work closely with #CumbriaGeoConservation who regularly review sites across this geologically diverse county. This short film explains more about what geodiversity is:
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreThursday, May 30th, 2024 at 4:30am
Join us at this time next week for a webinar about the forthcoming Cumbria Wild Watch weekend. Find out more about wildlife recording and how you can contribute to establishing a biodiversity baseline for Cumbria....

More about #CumbriaWildWatch:
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreFriday, May 24th, 2024 at 10:09pm
Join us for a recording event at Bassenthwaite Lake on Saturday 29th June to celebrate #CumbriaWildWatch.

We'll be looking for snails, daisies and so much more!

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