Habitat Data

Cumbria has the most diverse range of habitats of any English county, with all 24 priority habitat classifications represented. Over one third of all Cumbrian land, including the estuarine mud-flats, has been classified as priority habitat. Section 41 of the 2006 NERC Act (‘Habitats of Principle Importance in England’) maps out and designates priority habitat areas.

Cumbria contains a significant share of England’s total priority habitat land. For example, Cumbria is home to 84% of England’s total Heath and Willow scrub habitat, 59% of Limestone Pavement, 45% of Lowland Raised Bog, 44% of Upland Flushes, 25% of Upland Hay Meadows, 23% of Upland Calcareous Grassland, 22% of Saltmash, and 22% of Blanket Bog.

Read more:
Priority Habitats in Cumbria, 2014 (PDF)

Priority Habitat Inventory

CBDC holds a copy of Natural England’s Priority Habitat Inventory document, and provides PDF maps of the habitats around a site as part of our Data Services. We also hold additional data on Sabellaria alveolata reefs and a later reedbed survey of the county, which are added to the Natural England layer. The vector layer is then included in the Cumbria Biodiversity Evidence Base (CBEB) layers for partner organisations.

Phase 1 Habitat Survey of Cumbria 1983-1987

The Habitat Survey of Cumbria was carried out between 1983-87 to the standard Phase 1 Nature Conservancy Council method. The resulting habitat maps were produced at a 1:10000 scale, with commentary (‘target notes’) for particular locations briefly providing additional information on habitats and plant species. The information was collated and presented in Wildlife Habitat in Cumbria (1990), edited by Kelly and Perry. CBDC can provide scanned maps of the areas and target notes, if required. The raster layer and target notes are included in the CBEB layers for partner organisations.

Habitat Statements

Cumbria specific context statements for planning and development are freely provided to all as part of the Cumbria Biodiversity Evidence Base, which covers all priority habitats in Cumbria except for the ‘arable field margins.’

View Cumbria Habitat Statements

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 CentreMonday, April 1st, 2024 at 1:30am
The Cumbria Local Nature Recovery Strategy (LNRS) team have launched a new survey aiming to get the public’s thoughts on nature in Cumbria.

Tell them what nature means to you, why it is important and what you think should be done to help nature in Cumbria.

Take the survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WJH6WLC
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreFriday, March 29th, 2024 at 11:25pm
CBDC has a new blog site! We already have a few contributions of Cumbrian recorders and those working with or interested in biodiversity in Cumbria:
https://www.cbdc.org.uk/get-involved/blogs/
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreThursday, March 28th, 2024 at 10:09pm
More things to do in Cumbria this weekend....
Visit the Wordsworth House and Garden in Cockermouth to see the wonderful new wildlife exhibition! Features exhibits from @TullieCarlisle...
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/lake-district/wordsworth-house-and-garden
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreThursday, March 28th, 2024 at 10:25am
Out and about this weekend? Why not record what animals and plants you see with an app or the CBDC spreadsheet? Then send to us and help with biodiversity decision making across the county!
https://www.cbdc.org.uk/recording-wildlife/
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreThursday, March 14th, 2024 at 6:37am
#CumbriaWildWatch on last night's ITV News Lookaround! Watch from ~13mins in:
https://www.itv.com/watch/news/catch-up-on-itv-news-lookaround-from-wednesday-13th-march/47tff6g via @ITVX
Filmed in the glorious @TullieCarlisle garden with @cumbriainbloom....
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreMonday, March 11th, 2024 at 3:42am
Cumbria Wild Watch is coming this summer!
Join us 27-30 June 2024 to record Cumbrian wildlife - anywhere in Cumbria. We're putting resources together to support your wildlife recording adventure - visit our website for more information and to register your interest:
https://www.cbdc.org.uk/get-involved/cumbria-wild-watch/