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.

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Recorders' Conference 2022

This will be another online conference, but CBDC is hoping to do a  half day in person event later in 2022.

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Recorders' Conference 2021

Thank you to all those that attended this years' online conference and a bigger thank you to the 16 presenters.  Some presentations are now uploaded to our Wildlife Reports page.

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

We want to support local groups to help meet COP26 Goals. During the Conference, The Lake District Foundation will support up to 20 projects with a grant of up to £500 to help tackle the climate crisis we are facing. Applications open 9am 31st Oct 2021

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#KMF2021 We Are Ready!

The sun has come out as the final pieces of the festival jigsaw are put into place.

What an absolutely stunning backdrop. We think this year is going to be an absolute blast.

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@SocketedAxes @TullieHouse The Tullie Secret Garden has a juvenile or two "stranded" every year. It's parent will visit it and it will be OK. They are very noisy and the call is very poignant so it will tug at your heart strings!