CBDC Recording Days

Each year CBDC organises a small programme of recording days on county wildlife sites, SSSIs that have not been recently recorded or private land that has never been recorded. Recording days allow recorders to share their particular expertise with others and visit sites that they would otherwise not have access to.

If you want to get involved or have a site you believe would be suitable for a recording day please contact Stuart our Recording Officer.

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Register your interest in the 2024 Recording Days HERE!

2024 - Recording Days

Saturday 29 June 2024 - Bassenthwaite Lake

Thursday 11 July 2024 - Rose Castle, near Dalston

Tuesday 23 July 2024 - Drigg NWS

Every year, CBDC organises an number of recording days across the county to allow recorders to come together to record a site. This year, we are organising the following recording days:

On 29 June, CBDC will join the Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) at Bassenthwaite Lake. LDNPA will run a community engagement event alongside the CBDC recording day. If you are interested in taking part, please complete the booking form to express your interest. If you have any questions about the day, contact Rebecca Slack.  

On 11 July, CBDC will re-visit Rose Castle near Dalston. Open to all, from beginners to the most experienced recorders, our aim is to develop a new species list to compare to that obtained when we last visited the site in 2018: what has changed and has biodiversity increased or decreased? If you are interested in taking part, please register your interest using the booking form. If you have any questions about the day, contact Stuart Colgate.

The event on 23 July will take place at the Nuclear Waste Services Drigg facility. As this is a very secure site, numbers are strictly limited and will be offered to experienced recorders in the first instance.  All recorders will be required to complete a security questionnaire and provide ID before the event. Nevertheless, this is a real opportunity to visit a site which is usually closed to the public. If you are an experienced Cumbrian recorder who would be interested in taking part in this event, do register your interest using the booking form. If you have any specific questions about the event or site, do get in touch with the CBDC Recording Officer, Stuart Colgate.

Look out for other events and opportunities throughout the year!

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2023 - Recording Days in August

Saturday 19 August 2023 - Walney Island, Barrow-in-Furness

Wednesday 23 August 2023 - Cannerhaugh Farm, Eden Valley

All Cumbrian Recorders are invited to take part in either or both CBDC Recording Days.

On 19 August, CBDC will join Natural England at Walney Island nature reserve. Natural England will run a community engagement event alongside the CBDC recording day. If you are interested in taking part, contact CBDC Manager, Rebecca Slack, to find out more.  

The event on 23 August takes place on a working farm which uses regenerative farming practices. It is in the foothills of the North Pennines and includes woodland, pasture, ponds and many more habitat types. Please do join us by booking a place with the CBDC Recording Officer, Stuart Colgate.

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2023 - Recording Day at National Trust Acorn Bank

14 June 2023

Nr Temple Sowerby, Penrith, Cumbria 

All Cumbrian Recorders are invited to take part in the CBDC Recording Day at the National Trust’s Acorn Bank on Wednesday 14 June 2023 from 10am. A mix of habitat types, from wet woodland (County Wildlife Site) and traditional orchards to grassland pasture, hay meadows and bog as well as gardens, this site offers lots of opportunities to record wildlife.

Please do join us by booking a place with the CBDC Recording Officer, Stuart Colgate.

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2021 - Fungi Forays

Cumbria Fungi Recording Group's Leader Paul Nicol has moved and so CBDC has stepped in to run the group for the time being.

Wednesday, 20th October, 10:00am
Great Wood, Borrowdale.
Meet in the car park NY272214 (This is a National Trust car park with a payment machine!)

Wednesday, 27th October, 10:00am
Hutton-in-the-Forest, Unthank, Penrith, CA11 9TH.
Meet in the car park at NY461359, accessed via public entrance at NY46093611, off the B5305 road (from junction 41 of M6). Leader of foray Jane Rushworth. Entry fees have kindly been waived.

Wednesday, 3rd November, 10:00am
Ridgewood, Brampton, CA8 1UQ.
On-road parking along The Swartle at NY535612. The Ridgewood is to the northeast of the parking point, accessed via footpaths.

Additional Date:

Monday, 8th November, 10:00am
Hutton-in-the-Forest, Unthank, Penrith, CA11 9TH.
Meet in the car park at NY461359, accessed via public entrance at NY46093611, off the B5305 road (from junction 41 of M6).
Entry fees have kindly been waived.

Full Details (PDF):  Cumbria Fungi Recording Group 2021.

2019

34 Recorders visited Harrington Nature Reserve; Willowford Farm,  Gilsland; Gowbarrow Hall, Watermillock and the Lowther Estate.  Together they recorded species in at least 24 taxonomic groups.

2019

Gowbarrow Hall is a farm looking to change how it manages its land.  CBDC recorders' infomarion will contribute to the farm's understanding of what species are there currently.  This baseline will be used to inform future biodiversity monitoring.

2018

Rose Castle, Wharton Tarn, Coalfell, Dunsthwaite and Setmurthy Common were visited by Cumbria Recorders. Their keen eyes recorded a range of species from Adder's Tongue Fern to Great Crested Newts. Interesting discussions were held had over lunch regarding caddis fly nets and the egg laying of the dark giant horsefly.

2017

Jordan Hills, Thornhill Moss and Meadows, Haybridge Nature Reserve and Thorneythwaite Farm, Borrowdale were visited.  As well as CBDC recorders we were pleased to welcome 14 trainee recorders to our Haybridge day.

rec-day-common-heath-fCommon Heath Moth Ematurga atomaria

2016

This summer recorders visited Bolton Fell, Flimby Great Wood, Low church Moss, Silver Tarn, Argill Wood and Augill Pasture.

rec-day-arabis-hirsutaHairy Rock Cress Arabis hirsuta

2015

Hellbeck Woods, SSSI near Brough in June 2015 attracted 34 recorders, our largest number to a single recording event. With their combined skills and knowledge they made 926 records and identified 486 species.

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
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
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
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
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/