Habitat Data

Over one third of Cumbria (including the estuarine mud-flats) is designated a priority habitat. Furthermore, Cumbria has the most diverse range of habitats of any English county with all 24 different priority habitats represented. These habitats are the currently mapped terrestrial habitats from Natural Environment and Rural Communities (NERC) Act 2006 Section 41: Habitats of Principal Importance in England.

Cumbria is particularly significant for the priority habitat Mountain Heath and Willow scrub, with 84% of the total land area for England. The county is also very important for Limestone Pavement (59%); Lowland Raised Bog (45%); Upland Flushes (44%); Upland Hay Meadows (25%); Upland Calcareous Grassland (23%); Saltmarsh (22%); and Blanket Bog (22%). Read More...

Priority Habitat Inventory

CBDC holds a copy of Natural England’s Priority habitat Inventory and provides PDF maps of the habitats around a site as part of our data services. In addition, we 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. Habitat maps were produced at 1:10000 scale with associated commentary for particular locations (target notes). The information was collated and presented in Wildlife Habitat in Cumbria, ed by Kelly and Perry, 1990. Target notes provide brief additional habitat / plant species information. We 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 covering all priority habitats in Cumbria, except the ‘arable field margins’.

View Cumbria Habitat Statements

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 at 7:19pm
The Waxcap
So called due to their waxy and sometimes slimy appearance. They appear in late autumn on unimproved grassland. Unimproved grassland is just that areas that have not been fertilised or had biocides added this can include rough pastures and some lawns such as graveyards https://t.co/IB7Tb9QDyt
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Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 at 9:56pm
April doing her thing! https://t.co/wsH2BDW9CP
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April Windle @aprilwindle
How many lichenologists does it take to open a gate? This many apparently, especially when situated in Naddle Forest supporting beautiful communities like this! #Haweswater #LakeDistrict #Cumbria https://t.co/shyApNP8wG
Saturday, November 10th, 2018 at 3:21am
A huge thank you to all that attended The Recorders Conference 2018! What a fantastic day with many great talks about recording in Cumbria and different projects from all over the country. See you all again next year!
#reccon18 https://t.co/E8E45AY11v
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Monday, November 5th, 2018 at 10:25pm
If you have popped into Tullie House recently you may have seen the Woodrow Wilson exhibit. Where the Cumbrian Biodiversity Data Centre gets a shout out as the oldest biological records centre! https://t.co/18NUYvnR5C CumbriaBDC photo
Monday, November 5th, 2018 at 10:13pm
Exciting news! North West England now has a @AFONature group. If your under the age of 30, live in the NW and love #nature then this is the perfect opportunity for you! PLEASE share far and wide https://t.co/wuCZ02L28U #AFON https://t.co/Q1IZgp9Ocx CumbriaBDC photo