Recording Wildlife

Tullie House museum has been cataloguing Cumbria's wildlife for over 100 years. CBDC's predecessor, the Natural History Records Bureau, was established in 1902 and is the oldest record center in the country!

Alongside the museum's impressive collection of specimens, CBDC holds over 2.1 million wildlife records, many of which were gathered by independent recorders and members of the public. Our wildlife data is used by everyone from local researchers and students, to national policy-makers and environmental planners. By recording wildlife in Cumbria you help continue this important work and century-old tradition.

Submit a Record Tell us about what you have seen to help build up a comprehensive picture of Cumbia’s biodiversity.
Surveys If you have a passion for a particular group of plants or aninmals why not get involved in a national or local survey?
Getting Started If you are interested in wildlife and are considering recording read this section or contact our Recording Officer.
Resources CBDC has many online and practical resources including books and equipment to help you record.
Local Recording Groups There are a range of geographical and taxonomic groups who regularly meet in Cumbria. Joining a local recording group can help improve your recording skills through lectures and field trips.
Responsible Recording It is important to understand the law and be safe whilst you are enjoying your Recording.
Thursday, March 19th, 2020 at 6:59pm
Wood anemones and early dog violets out by the river Wear in Durham now - getting outside and looking for signs of spring at this surreal time seems like the best #NaturalHealthService @BSBIbotany https://t.co/l2KoNthcz8 CumbriaBDC photo
Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 at 11:56pm
Following the closure of Tullie House tomorrow CBDC will continue to operate by staff working from home and via email. All face to face meetings and training courses have been cancelled up to end of April. Keep safe and well.
Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 at 11:52pm
3. This decision was not taken lightly & was done in conjunction with partners & stakeholders. With the health of our community uppermost in our minds we feel closing is the safest option. We look forward to reopening with our programme of exhibitions & events as soon as possible
Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 at 11:52pm
2. On Wednesday 18th March all galleries will be closed. From Thursday 19th March the entire building and grounds will be closed to the public. Decisions about eventual reopening will be made in accordance with the latest government guidance.