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

Newsletter

Find an archive of some of our Newsletters below. If you’d like infrequent updates on CBDC antics, you can Subscribe to our Newsletter via the form in this website’s footer. Our next Newsletter is scheduled for release in September 2019.

CBDC Newsletter- December 2018 (.PDF)
CBDC Newsletter- September 2018 (.PDF)
CBDC Newsletter-February 2018 (.PDF)
CBDC Newsletter – February 2017 (.PDF)

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

Curating the Spirit Collection and Stuffed Birds at Tullie House

Date: Saturday 3rd February

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeG_ih9bWVs
Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 at 9:19pm
SAVE THE DATE: 29th February 2020-CBDC Recorders' Conference. New date will allow everyone time to process 2019 records and provide an opportunity for "hot off the press" reports and presentations. We haven't decided a theme yet...but the date is triggering a few ideas. https://t.co/YJnV1kh5Ev CumbriaBDC photo
Monday, August 12th, 2019 at 10:42pm
Join @NorthPennAONB's FREE #bee walk with @StevenFalk1, Sun 1 Sept at Langdon Beck & Harwood-in- #Teesdale Special #Invertebrate Sites. Late flowering species = fantastic habitat for #bumblebees, solitary bees & more. Beginners welcome. Booking essential: https://t.co/UM9MLLWlUY https://t.co/hSlNm8EKzm CumbriaBDC photo
Sunday, August 11th, 2019 at 10:21pm
@solwaywalker Thanks Ann. Sending it to me is a start we will add it to the Cumbria records. If you have any other records for the Solway I can add them to our List. The volunteers we recruited last year wanted to focus on plants so we are still short on shore data.