Data for the Public

We provide a non-commercial enquiry service for species, habitats, and sites data to recording groups, members of the public, schools, colleges, students, etc. Though this service is often free of charge, we address pricing on a case-by-case basis.

All official enquiries must go through our Data Request Form, available at the link below. If you have any general data-related questions, feel free to contact our Data Manager, Moustafa.

Download Data Request Form (.docx, Word)

Make an enquiry to CBDC

To make an enquiry, please download and complete our Data Request form (Word document) and email the completed form to our Recording Officer. To ensure you get the information you require, please read our Guidance Notes as well as our Terms and Conditions.

To learn about our services, please see our Standard Data Searches section. If your needs aren’t covered by our standard searches, please specify your requirements in an email via the form on our Contact Page or contact Stuart, our Recording Officer, directly.

Our aim is to make information about Cumbria’s natural environment used as widely as possible.  Only some of our data is available via the NBN Atlas so currently you will need to contact us directly to access the 2.6 million records we hold.

Download: Data Request form (Word Document)

Please note:

CBDC reserves the right to exercise discretion in reducing or waiving charges where there is good cause.

Enquires for large amounts of data or complex enquiries that will take more than 1 hour of CBDC time are liable for charging, unless a Data Exchange Agreement is in place.

Enquiries for conservation and land management are usually chargeable. However, to support local biodiversity conservation we give each conservation charity with nature reserves/land in Cumbria who is actively contributing records to CBDC up to three free standard single site data requests per organisation per annum.

No chargeable service will be carried out without CBDC contacting the enquirer for confirmation to proceed.

If you need clarification about your enquiry please contact one of our staff  who will contact you before proceeding with the request.

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 CentreSunday, June 30th, 2024 at 9:30am
Thank you to everyone who took part in #CumbriaWildWatch! Your contribution will help us to better understand biodiversity in Cumbria and help to establish a baseline for comparison next year.
We'll compile the results for 2024 and start planning for 2025 so watch out for more news shortly.
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreFriday, June 28th, 2024 at 5:40am
Second day of #CumbriaWildWatch drawing to an end... Thank you to everyone who has been recording despite the weather!

Off to Bassenthwaite Lake tomorrow for a very focused wildlife recording day. Wishing all wildlife recorders a productive third day of #CumbriaWildWatch...
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreThursday, June 27th, 2024 at 5:48am
We're almost at the end of the first day of Cumbria Wild Watch. Thank you to everyone who has already taken part/submitted records from around Cumbria. The aim is to capture 1,000 new records this weekend and we've already gathered more than 200 on iNaturalist alone!

More information: https://www.cbdc.org.uk/get-involved/cumbria-wild-watch/

#bioblitz #biodiversity #cumbria
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreWednesday, June 26th, 2024 at 9:42pm
Cumbria Wild Watch has started...

Grab a cuppa and get recording the wildlife you see or hear!

#Cumbria @CumbriaWildlife #biodiversity #CumbriaWildWatch
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreTuesday, June 25th, 2024 at 11:40pm
Starting tomorrow until 30 June - the first ever Cumbria Wild Watch!

Record all the wildlife you can see in one hour - plants, animals and fungi. Submit your records to CBDC and help us to establish a biodiversity baseline for Cumbria.

https://www.cbdc.org.uk/get-involved/cumbria-wild-watch/

#CumbriaWildWatch
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreTuesday, June 18th, 2024 at 11:00pm
Calling all Cumbrian news outlets! Help us to spread the word about Cumbria Wild Watch using our 'press pack' on our Cumbria Wild Watch webpage:
https://www.cbdc.org.uk/get-involved/cumbria-wild-watch/