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 free and open to the public and those interested in wildlife whether you are an experienced recorder or just beginning.

Complete beginners can join in guided walks, moth trapping and family friendly activities. If you are more experienced you can come and record on your own or with fellow recorders, and, if you wish to, share you knowledge with others by helping people identify their finds or by leading activities.




Click here to find out details about the event

Oak Tree Animals' Charity are recording their wildlife on iNaturalist.

So, if you cannot make the Bioblitz on the 2nd May but see something when you visit another time, you can still let them know.

Download  (PDF): How to record that wildlife you see



Photograph © Woodmatters

Orin’s Bioblitz
– National Trust’s Footprint

Date: 2019

Inspired by the Rusland Horizon Bioblitz, 11 year old Orin organised his own event in July 2019 at the National Trust’s Footprint building near Troutbeck. 162 people joined Orin and his family and together they recorded 573 species.

Video coming soon!

Read more about Orin’s Bioblitz:
Woodmatters Website


Rusland Horizons
– Bowkerstead Farm & Campsite

Date: 2018

This was not a typical Bioblitz site with only 22 species records before the event. By the end we had 460 species on the list.

Rusland Horizons highlights included:
• A large orange Ichneumon fly Opheltes glaucopterus – the first time it had been found in Cumbria.
• 3 rare butterflies: Brimstone, Small Heath and the Pearl-bordered Fritillary.
• 2 records of the nationally rare Tabanus sudeticus – the dark giant horsefly. With a body length of 2.5 cm it is the heaviest fly in Europe and has a nasty bite.
• 9 protected and rare species of moths. The Ghost Moth and Pinion-streaked Snout have only been seen a couple of times before in the area.
• The once very common Garden Tiger moth is now a priority species on the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.
• Gyrinus natator is a whirlygig beetle that has become extinct in parts of the UK and is on the UK Red List for endangered species.
• Signs and tracks of Otters, Squirrels, Roe deer, moles, 2 species of shrew.
• Great footage of a badger on the camera trap.
• and a dead grass snake, a slow worm and common lizard – all of which are protected in the UK as their numbers are declining.

Watch Rusland Horizons BioBlitz Weekend 2018:
YouTube video


Eycott Hill Nature Reserve

Date: 2016

Eycott is a new Cumbria Wildlife Trust (CWT) Nature Reserve. The weather on the day was wet and windy – not the best for spotting wildlife. However, members of the public, CWT staff and volunteers and local recorders collected 275 records and identified 125 different species bringing the total list for the site to 760.

Read more about Eycott Hill Nature Reserve:
Cumbria Wildlife Trust website


Campfield Marsh Reserve

Date: 2015

The 2015 Bioblitz was held at the RSPB reserve Campfield Marsh. CBDC partnered with the Solway Firth Partnership and RSPB to organise another successful day.

The day was supported by 11 recorders who collected 798 records between them recording 412 species. The wetland site tested our botany recorders’ knowledge of sedges and rushes and the Coleopterists collected several beetles requiring microscopic identification.

Read more about Campfield Marsh Reserve:
RSPB website

Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre

The Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre at Tullie House Museum, Carlisle keeps wildlife information for the county of Cumbria. Tullie House Museum, in its role as a local natural history museum, has collected and disseminated records of wildlife in Cumbria since its inception in 1893. From the early 1990s the Museum has developed a computerised database of species and habitat records in Cumbria and has taken the central role in providing a local biodiversity data service for the county. This role was restyled as Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre (CBDC) in 2010, a not-for-profit organisation hosted by Tullie House Museum and advised by local stakeholders.
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreSunday, June 30th, 2024 at 9:30am
Thank you to everyone who took part in #CumbriaWildWatch! Your contribution will help us to better understand biodiversity in Cumbria and help to establish a baseline for comparison next year.
We'll compile the results for 2024 and start planning for 2025 so watch out for more news shortly.
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreFriday, June 28th, 2024 at 5:40am
Second day of #CumbriaWildWatch drawing to an end... Thank you to everyone who has been recording despite the weather!

Off to Bassenthwaite Lake tomorrow for a very focused wildlife recording day. Wishing all wildlife recorders a productive third day of #CumbriaWildWatch...
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreThursday, June 27th, 2024 at 5:48am
We're almost at the end of the first day of Cumbria Wild Watch. Thank you to everyone who has already taken part/submitted records from around Cumbria. The aim is to capture 1,000 new records this weekend and we've already gathered more than 200 on iNaturalist alone!

More information: https://www.cbdc.org.uk/get-involved/cumbria-wild-watch/

#bioblitz #biodiversity #cumbria
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreWednesday, June 26th, 2024 at 9:42pm
Cumbria Wild Watch has started...

Grab a cuppa and get recording the wildlife you see or hear!

#Cumbria @CumbriaWildlife #biodiversity #CumbriaWildWatch
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreTuesday, June 25th, 2024 at 11:40pm
Starting tomorrow until 30 June - the first ever Cumbria Wild Watch!

Record all the wildlife you can see in one hour - plants, animals and fungi. Submit your records to CBDC and help us to establish a biodiversity baseline for Cumbria.

https://www.cbdc.org.uk/get-involved/cumbria-wild-watch/

#CumbriaWildWatch
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreTuesday, June 18th, 2024 at 11:00pm
Calling all Cumbrian news outlets! Help us to spread the word about Cumbria Wild Watch using our 'press pack' on our Cumbria Wild Watch webpage:
https://www.cbdc.org.uk/get-involved/cumbria-wild-watch/