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.

Recorders' Conference 2022 - Presentations

Open Mosaic Habitats in brownfield sites - Stuart Colgate, CBDC

Updating County Wildlife sites - Deb Muscat, Stuart Colgate, CBDC

 Wildlife in Cumbria Highlights 2021

Designating LGS in Westmorland Dales area - Sylvia Woodhead, Cumbria GeoConservation

Recording the Past:  Black Dubb Sediments - Tom Garner,  Researcher

Improving Cumbria for Pollinators - Carolyn Postlethwaite and Ryan Clark, CWT

Fritillary Butterflies of Morecambe Bay - Chris Winnick, Butterfly Conservation

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Recorders' Conference 2022

Thank you to all those that attended this years' online conference and a bigger thank you to the 13 presenters.

PDF versions of the presentations can be downloaded on the left.

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Recorders' Conference 2020

Our keynote speaker was Steve Garland, Entomologist and Chair of The Wildlife Trusts England Committee who talked about 'Recording Recovery - Biological Recording for a Wilder Future." The main room contained displays and posters from a range of recorders and societies:

  • Cumbria Dragonfly Atlas Online
  • Cumbria Lichen and Bryology Group
  • Macro photography demonstration using a laptop and plug in camera
  • Cumbria GeoConservation
  • Get Cumbria Buzzing
  • Cumbria Amphibian and Reptile Group
  • Digitally colour coding red squirrel fur and the potential conservation applications
  • Searching for Chrysolina oricalcia
  • Found Species: Tufted Loostrife (Lysimachia thyrsiflora)
  • Second Hand Natural History books for sale
  • Cumbria Fungi Identification Guide for sale

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Recorders' Conference 2018

This year recorders watched the first camera footage of a Pine Marten in Cumbria and learned more about their hitch hiking behavior from Kevin O'Hara Project Officer Vincent Wildlife Trust.  Delegates also heard about:

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

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Recorders' Conference 2017

Recorders joined our Annual Conference to hear talks that included:

  • National Biodiversity Network Changes and the impact on the future of CBDC
  • Earthworms
  • Slow worms
  • House mouse project
  • Stories from the Wildlife Register CBDC Recording Day highlights

Recorders' Conference 2016

89 recorders joined our Annual conference to hear about:

Local recording updates included:

  • Cumbria Fungi Group – Paul Nichol
  • House mouse project
  • Swifts in the Community – Bryan Yorke
  • Bats in Trees – Rich Flight
  • Mapping Cumbria’s Dragonflies – David Clarke
  • Ecosystem Canaries – Peter Woodhead
  • Trail Cameras and Recording Technology – John Martin

Recorders' Conference 2015

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

Recorders' Conference 2014

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