Data for recorders, students and researchers

CBDC provides a non-commercial enquiry service for species, habitats and sites data to recording groups, members of the public, schools, colleges, students, researchers, etc. CBDC usually provides this service FREE of charge if the enquiry is not for planning, commercial use, agri-environmental schemes or funded research projects.


Free data on the Web

Our aim is to make information about Cumbria’s natural environment used as widely as possible.  Therefore, much of our data has already been made available to the public via the NBN Gateway. In April 2017 NBN Gateway will be replaced by the NBN UK Living Atlas. Alternatively, you could search for a national recording scheme on the Biological Record Centre’s website.

Make an enquiry to CBDC

If you need further information download and complete our Data Request form and email it to our Recording Officer. To ensure you get the information you require please read our guidance notes and read our terms and conditions. CBDC provides Standard Data Searches for species, sites and habitats. Read more about Standard Searches. If your needs are not covered by our standard search then please specify your requirements in an email with the form or contact our Recording Officer.

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 will contact you before proceeding with the request.

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 at 9:19pm
SAVE THE DATE: 29th February 2020-CBDC Recorders' Conference. New date will allow everyone time to process 2019 records and provide an opportunity for "hot off the press" reports and presentations. We haven't decided a theme yet...but the date is triggering a few ideas. https://t.co/YJnV1kh5Ev CumbriaBDC photo
Monday, August 12th, 2019 at 10:42pm
Join @NorthPennAONB's FREE #bee walk with @StevenFalk1, Sun 1 Sept at Langdon Beck & Harwood-in- #Teesdale Special #Invertebrate Sites. Late flowering species = fantastic habitat for #bumblebees, solitary bees & more. Beginners welcome. Booking essential: https://t.co/UM9MLLWlUY https://t.co/hSlNm8EKzm CumbriaBDC photo
Sunday, August 11th, 2019 at 10:21pm
@solwaywalker Thanks Ann. Sending it to me is a start we will add it to the Cumbria records. If you have any other records for the Solway I can add them to our List. The volunteers we recruited last year wanted to focus on plants so we are still short on shore data.
Sunday, August 11th, 2019 at 8:46pm
@solwaywalker @TurfPix Not a commonly recorded fish - NBN atlas shows a couple of records just off the Silloth coast. CBDC does not have records for this species (not that we get much marine data). Will you be sending your record off to anyone? Debs