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, September 10th, 2021 at 9:39am
#KMF2021 We Are Ready!

The sun has come out as the final pieces of the festival jigsaw are put into place.

What an absolutely stunning backdrop. We think this year is going to be an absolute blast.

🏊‍♀️🚴‍♂️🏃‍♀️😎 https://t.co/Wdnf5aVYAq
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Friday, September 10th, 2021 at 8:32am
At Keswick Mountain Festival this weekend? Help us record the wildlife... visit CBDC website to see how. https://t.co/WWhAxrZGfk or Visit us at F05 on Saturday to get involved. @cumbriawildlife @KeswickFestival https://t.co/GQC2A5N0En CumbriaBDC photo
Friday, July 23rd, 2021 at 6:04am
@SocketedAxes @TullieHouse The Tullie Secret Garden has a juvenile or two "stranded" every year. It's parent will visit it and it will be OK. They are very noisy and the call is very poignant so it will tug at your heart strings!
Thursday, May 20th, 2021 at 5:33am
Finally! While the rest of the UK flowering season is well under way, it's taken until yesterday to see my first Early Purple Orchid of 2021 in #Shetland. Growing in a serpentine fell field, they're always tiny, but share their home with other special plants, like Moss Campion. https://t.co/GYBQp2nHwZ CumbriaBDC photo