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 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.
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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...
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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/

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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!

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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/

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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/