CBEB Species Statements

Cumbria specific information on a selection of key species.

  • BARN OWL Tyto alba
    Barn Owls, their nests and eggs are protected by UK legislation. The greatest threats to Barn Owl populations in Cumbria are loss of suitable nests sites through barn conversions etc., and lack or loss of feeding habitat through agricultural intensification.

    Download Statement v3.0 Oct 2016

  • BATS (ALL SPECIES) Chiroptera
    Bats and their roosting sites are protected by European and UK legislation. The greatest threat to bats comes from loss of roosts due to demolition, alteration and repair of buildings or structures, felling of trees, and through direct disturbance of breeding and hibernation roosts.

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  • GREAT CRESTED NEWT Triturus cristatus
    Great Crested Newts and their breeding and foraging habitats are protected by UK and European legislation. The greatest threat to Great Crested Newt in Cumbria is destruction of their ponds and surrounding terrestrial habitat.

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  • HEN HARRIER Circus cynaeus
    Hen Harriers, their nests and eggs are protected by UK and European legislation. In Cumbria the greatest planning-related threat to Hen Harriers arises from developments which threaten specific breeding and winter roost locations.

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  • NATTERJACK TOAD Epidalea calamita
    Natterjack Toads and their breeding sites are protected by UK and European legislation. Inappropriate or lack of management is currently the greatest threat to the Natterjack Toad at its existing sites in Cumbria

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  • OTTER Lutra lutra
    The Otter, its holts and resting places are protected by UK and European legislation. The greatest threats to Otters come from habitat loss, often associated with watercourse development, road mortality and water pollution, and disturbance.

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  • RED SQUIRREL Sciurus vulgaris
    Red Squirrels and their dreys are protected by UK legislation. The greatest threat to Red Squirrels is the spread of the non-native Grey Squirrel which competes for food and carries disease.

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  • REPTILES (ALL NATIVE SPECIES) Reptilia
    Four reptile species are found in Cumbria: Common Lizard Lacerta vivipara, Slow-worm Anguis fragilis (a legless lizard), Grass Snake Natrix natrix and Adder Vipera berus. All are protected by UK legislation. The greatest threats to reptiles in Cumbria are from habitat loss and fragmentation due to unsympathetic management and development.

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  • SMALL BLUE BUTTERFLY Cupido minimus
    The Small Blue butterfly is particularly vulnerable to the loss of habitat through development of brownfield sites or through scrub encroachment leading to the loss of kidney vetch, its food plant.

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  • WATER VOLE Arvicola terrestris
    Water Voles and anywhere they use for shelter or resting are protected by UK legislation. The greatest threat to Water Vole populations is through loss of suitable habitat through agricultural intensification and predation by the non-native mink.

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  • WINTERING GEESES & SWANS
    Pink-footed Geese, Barnacle Geese and Whooper Swans winter or pass through Cumbria mainly between September and early May. They are protected by UK and European legislation. The greatest threat to these species comes from development that affects their feeding grounds, especially wind farms.

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Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 at 6:14pm
Interesting article - the only record of the Cerambyx Cerdo in Cumbria was caught and put into the collection @TullieHouse in 1900 by FH Day. CBDC are interested to receive Grass snake records - most records are in the South Cumbria. https://t.co/WSGE814iX1
Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 at 5:42pm
Cumbria needs volunteers. Need training? Contact CBDC Recording Officer Stuart Colgate. https://t.co/qi21BCTN8K
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Rachel spills the beans! Everything you ever wanted to know about the #NationalPlantMonitoringScheme in this exclusive full-length interview https://t.co/UsAU5hoqLs between @BSBIbotany & #NPMS Volunteer Manager Dr Rachel Murphy. #CitizenScience #wildflowers #BiologicalRecording https://t.co/2aK1wUTDO8
Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 at 5:29pm
Great Opportunity1 https://t.co/dN1fRc6fzq
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Dont forget!! The Young Darwin Scholarship application deadline closes on 21st June. A great opportunity for young people who have a real interest in the natural world with 15 scholarships up for grabs. https://t.co/wGt77NpYDj 🐝🦋🌿🌼 @PrestonMontford #charlesdarwin #scholarship https://t.co/Kd0Ennk8jf
Sunday, June 9th, 2019 at 6:43pm
@SteveTrotter1 @Susans_Farm @PastureForLife @cumbriawildlife #Dave the A-Dor-able Dung Beetle did his bit to raise awareness about Soil Superheroes. Now resting, cozy in his donkey dung. @Team_DUMP
Sunday, June 9th, 2019 at 6:43pm
@SteveTrotter1 @Susans_Farm @PastureForLife @cumbriawildlife #Dave the A-Dor-able Dung Beetle did his bit to raise awareness about Soil Superheroes. Now resting, cozy in his donkey dung. @Team_DUMP