Looking northwest over the crags of Great Gable, with Crummock Water in the distance and Scotland on the far horizon (Photo: Stuart Holmes)

Executive Summary:

This Geodiversity Statement and Action Plan for Cumbria has been prepared by Cumbria GeoConservation (CGC) as a resource for planners, education providers, and the many bodies involved in landscape and nature conservation in Cumbria.

It supersedes the Group’s previous Geodiversity Action Plan which was published in 2009.  Since that time there have been several significant developments, in particular the designation of the Lake District National Park as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2017, the publication of the LDNP 2020-2025 Management Plan, and the reorganisation of the county’s local government into two new unitary authorities: Cumberland, and Westmorland & Furness. The time is therefore ripe for a restatement of the importance of geodiversity, and an assessment of the key challenges for geoconservation in the decade ahead.

For its size, Cumbria is one of the most geodiverse areas in Europe, with an abundance of important geological and geomorphological features, and landscapes of global significance. This is reflected in the county’s wealth of protected landscapes, and geological sites of both local and national importance.

The purpose of this document is:

    • to raise awareness of Cumbria’s geodiversity amongst planners, and the many bodies involved with nature conservation in Cumbria;
    • to explain why geological conservation matters, and why conserved and well-managed geoheritage provides a wide range of social and economic benefits, as well as being a valuable resource for education and scientific research.
Tarn Hows lgs trail with path in foreground

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 CentreThursday, December 7th, 2023 at 7:24am
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreThursday, November 2nd, 2023 at 1:18am
Our latest newsletter is now out! In it, you'll find: Cumbria Recorders' Conference update and booking, taxon group review volunteers sought, and much more. Access it from our website:
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreSunday, October 15th, 2023 at 8:53pm
Hospice at Home needs your help in making wreaths. Any farmers, etc out there that would like a holly bush trimmed for free please see the link below.
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreFriday, September 29th, 2023 at 10:21pm
Our latest newsletter has been published today! Thanks to all who contributed content and images, including this great image from Chris Arthur.
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreThursday, September 28th, 2023 at 11:12pm
Everyone can do something for nature and it need not take too much time. When you are out and about this weekend, record what nature you see (trees, other plants, birds, mammals, inverts, fungi), where and when - then send to your local records centre. For Cumbria - that's us!

#StateOfNature #MakingDataWorkForNature #RestoreNatureNow
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreMonday, September 18th, 2023 at 1:04am
Great to see the results of the #BigButterflyCount. Just from personal observation, there seem to have been lots of butterflies this year - including this week on this Hylotelephium!

A reminder that if you have news for the CBDC newsletter, please send in by 26th September and share across the Cumbria wildlife recording community.