Volunteering & Events: Get Involved

Volunteering

Volunteers are vital to the work of CBDC, both in the role of volunteer recorders and helping us in the office. If you like our work and are interested in getting involved, please click the link below to find out more.

Volunteering For CBDC

Training

Alongside running training events and courses, CBDC also offers our volunteers the opportunity to receive training in certain fields, such as GIS/digital mapping.

Please contact us for more information.

Events

We organise a small number of events each year that give our volunteers the chance to meet each other, gain new skills and practise recording.

Annual Recorders Conference

This annual event attended by over 80 recorders provides an opportunity to find out about national and local recording activities.

CBDC Volunteer Recorders’ Walk

Around Christmas CBDC organises a walk for volunteer recorders.  This year the walk will be around Lanercost, Tuesday 28th Feb 2020, starting and ending at the tea rooms.  Come and join us for a gentle stroll.  Book and read more here.

Training Days

Cumbria has a long tradition of highly skilled recorders across a wide range of plants and animals. CBDC provides training on Biological Recording and works with local experts to run plant and animal Identification skills.

Bioblitz

Each year CBDC works with local conservation organisations to run a Bioblitz. The purpose is to record as many different species in a short period of time. These events are open the public and those interested in wildlife whether an experienced recorder or just beginning.

Recording Days

A small programme, usually 4 days, over the summer months to visit and record wildlife sites that have not been visited for a while. These days are for experienced recorders and members of the local natural history groups and recording schemes.

Tullie House Museum Events

Please Note: All Tullie House Museum events are advertised on their website

Curating the Spirit Collection and Stuffed Birds at Tullie House

Date: Saturday 3rd February 2019

The team involved with the Spirit Collection Work were a mix of students, a retired surgeon, an ex-museum worker, a mycologist and two members of Tullie House staff. Time was divided between cataloguing the Spirit Collection and checking the condition of the taxidermy collection for signs of infestation or damage.

Work on the Spirit Collection included recording all the information from the labels, such as when the animals were collected and where they had come from.

The team also took a look at the entomology collection of which there are hundreds of thousands of specimens in the Tullie House collection.

Read the blog about the event here.

 

Nature Explorers’ Weekend

Date: Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th April 2018

CBDC, conservation organisations and recorders came together in March last year to promote the Tullie House collections and the wildlife of Cumbria.

To get a taste of what to expect watch in 2018 watch. Freya Steele’s short video of the day.

Friday, October 23rd, 2020 at 8:35am
What a wonderful close up of a species we often see in our own homes! If you’re in Cumbria and have a few small friends in your home like this house spider consider sending them in as a record on our website! https://t.co/7zsluxMivu https://t.co/mY8IHqHka1
CumbriaBDC photo
Alan Coles @greenlandfalcon
I came across the House Spider with one leg missing, that I photographed several days ago, so took some more close ups. @beardwarbler @BritishSpiders https://t.co/mGm6scYbdT