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.



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 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

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 at 10:53pm
Come & capture the woodland wonders of the #LakeDistrict at our FREE Plantlife Photography Event this Wednesday in Borrowdale, #NationalTrust. Still a few places left! #lichens #bryophytes #wildlifephotography #Cumbria CumbriaBDC photo
Monday, February 18th, 2019 at 1:40am
South West Scotland Environment Information Centre, is hosting a conference in march for people with a general interested in recording and wildlife. Set to be a fantastic day full of great talks. To book your place follow the link below.
Monday, February 18th, 2019 at 1:32am
Physconia distorta (wet), such a smart #lichen with those tidy lobules overlapping in the centre of the thallus. This specimen in particular showcases the lobate margins of the apothecia, with a coating of white pruina on the discs #lobeseverywhere #LakeDistrict #Cumbria CumbriaBDC photo
Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 at 10:00pm
Very exited to see the Ernest Blezard cases out on display again!
CumbriaBDC photo
Tullie House @TullieHouse
Exciting stuff as the famous Ernest Blezard habitat bird cases are installed for #Tullie125 #exhibition. Here red kite, southern puffins, kestrel chicks, merlins shown. Recreating the fondly remembered bird room atmosphere of older times.