Recorders’ Conference

Established in 2011 the Recorders Conference has become an Annual Event welcoming speakers and recorders from Cumbria and beyond. We aim for a range of speakers and posters on a wide variety of topics – focused on a particular species, group or habitat; results of recording and monitoring projects; and ideas, techniques and resources to help you get involved. The conference offers a chance to meet others interested in exploring nature, share discoveries and learn more about the species which make their home in Lakeland.



Cumbria Recorders’ Conference 2018

Tullie House Museum, Saturday 10th November, 10am – 4pm.

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Topics include:

  • Rural and wildlife crime
  • Moth recording without a trap
  • Slow-worm Project Update
  • Recording Geological Sites
  • LOST – Looking out for Small Things
  • Fellfoot Foward

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Recorders joined our Annual Conference to hear talks that included:
National Biodiversity Network Changes and the impact on the future of CBDC
Slow worms
House mouse project
Stories from the Wildlife Register
CBDC Recording Day highlights



89 recorders joined our Annual conference to hear about:
Hydroscape – a study of British Freshwaters – Dr Alan Law
UK Dung Beetle Mapping Project – Ceri Watkins
Local recording updates included:
• Cumbria Fungi Group – Paul Nichol
• Swifts in the Community – Bryan Yorke
• Bats in Trees – Rich Flight
• Mapping Cumbria’s Dragonflies – David Clarke
• Netted Carpet Moth –John Hooson
• Ecosystem Canaries – Peter Woodhead
• Trail Cameras and Recording Technology – John Martin


Topics included:

• Launch of the Cumbria Bird Atlas – Stephen Westerberg, Cumbria Bird Club
• Movements of Wintering Gees and Swans on the Solway – Frank Mawby
• Finding and Monitoring Dormice in Cumbria – Tony Marshall
Lost and Found Fungi Project – Brian Douglas, Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew
• Alien vs Predator – the Harlequin ladybird in Britain, Richard Comont
Cumbria Geoconservation Group and the Local Geological Sites


Presentations included:

• What would Darwin Tweet? – Richard Burkmar
• Polecats and Pine Martins – Elizabeth Croose, Vincent Wildlife Trust
• CBDC Habitat Connectivity Projects – Moustafa Eweda
• Recording Cumbria’s bats – Rich Flight
• Lichens of Cumbria – Allan Pentecost
• What’s at Witherslack – Jim Thomas

Saturday, November 10th, 2018 at 3:21am
A huge thank you to all that attended The Recorders Conference 2018! What a fantastic day with many great talks about recording in Cumbria and different projects from all over the country. See you all again next year!
CumbriaBDC photo
Monday, November 5th, 2018 at 10:25pm
If you have popped into Tullie House recently you may have seen the Woodrow Wilson exhibit. Where the Cumbrian Biodiversity Data Centre gets a shout out as the oldest biological records centre! CumbriaBDC photo
Monday, November 5th, 2018 at 10:13pm
Exciting news! North West England now has a @AFONature group. If your under the age of 30, live in the NW and love #nature then this is the perfect opportunity for you! PLEASE share far and wide #AFON CumbriaBDC photo
Monday, October 29th, 2018 at 8:07pm
This is one of four events around the @lakedistrictnpa to explore what World Heritage Status means to the people who live and work in Cumbria. Come and tell us what you think! (Booking is essential.) Thanks to @Lake District @lakesfoundation and @theRSAorg for funding. CumbriaBDC photo
Friday, September 14th, 2018 at 1:21am
Felltop fungi growing in association with the Dwarf Willow on Eel Crag, Cumbria last week. The Cep (Boletus edulis), Mountain Grisette (Amanita nivalis), Fly Agaric (A. muscaria) and Russula renidens @LostFoundFungi CumbriaBDC photo