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CBDC Newsletter – February 2017

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.

Solway Nature Networks

CBDC and the Solway Coast AONB are inviting local people to help them discover more about the natural history of the Solway.  Join  us at one of our walks or training events.

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

Tullie House Museum Events

All Tullie House Museum events are advertised on their website.

Saturday 3rd February – Curating the Spirit Collection and Stuffed Birds at Tullie House

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.

                            

Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th April 2018 – Nature Explorers’Weekend

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeG_ih9bWVs
Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 at 11:24pm
Species of the week this week is the Glossy ibis, a very rare migrant bird to the UK.
This is the first ever Glossy ibis recorded in Cumbria in 1921, which is now a part of the Tullie house collection. https://t.co/jbfqQr35Js
CumbriaBDC photo
Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 at 11:23pm
We've recently been visiting some fantastic habitats across the @NorthPennAONB, working to establish Special #Invertebrate Sites. Can't wait for the field season to kick off, recording at these places with our #volunteers! @HLFNorthEast @heritagelottery #WednesdayMotivation https://t.co/8ly41goTJN CumbriaBDC photo
Monday, January 14th, 2019 at 10:01pm
Lovely trip up to the woodlands near Irton Pike at the weekend, for the BBS field meeting (VC70) with Diane Dobson! Fell witness to the most spectacular tree stump I have ever seen! #bryophytes #LakeDistrict #Cumbria https://t.co/TPDljQFvtX CumbriaBDC photo
Monday, January 14th, 2019 at 9:58pm
First day back in the office, with a Christmas present from @PlantlifeScot. These guides are totally brilliant - thank you so much. To receive your FREE copies email Scotland @plantlife.org.uk. Please RT & share! #lichens #bryophytes #fungi https://t.co/kiVnLmOOZb CumbriaBDC photo