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 centre in the country!

Alongside the museum's impressive collection of specimens, CBDC holds over 2.6 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.

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 CentreThursday, June 13th, 2024 at 2:15am
Two weeks till the inaugural Cumbria Wild Watch.

Get involved to help us build a biodiversity snap-shot of Cumbria.

It is so easy to do and you will be helping inform biodiversity decision making across this glorious county....

https://www.cbdc.org.uk/get-involved/cumbria-wild-watch/

#CumbriaWildWatch
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreWednesday, June 12th, 2024 at 6:30am
Cumbria Connect are organising a series of workshops to gauge views and opinions on the local landscape. For dates and venues, see:
https://www.cbdc.org.uk/cumbria-connect-future-landscapes-workshops/
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreWednesday, June 5th, 2024 at 10:00pm
Join us at 4:30pm today to find out more about Cumbria Wild Watch with a free webinar about wildlife recording...

Register for the webinar: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdsOVAw5ym7Yb06XBQvbrdxFrVuGbfpp_vRv9OLYXMzZeq47w/viewform?usp=sf_link

#CumbriaWildWatch #Cumbria
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreMonday, June 3rd, 2024 at 12:00am
Here at CBDC, we're not just interested in biodiversity data but also collate information about Cumbria's geodiversity. We work closely with #CumbriaGeoConservation who regularly review sites across this geologically diverse county. This short film explains more about what geodiversity is:
https://youtu.be/LtFzkDMsYtI
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreThursday, May 30th, 2024 at 4:30am
Join us at this time next week for a webinar about the forthcoming Cumbria Wild Watch weekend. Find out more about wildlife recording and how you can contribute to establishing a biodiversity baseline for Cumbria....

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdsOVAw5ym7Yb06XBQvbrdxFrVuGbfpp_vRv9OLYXMzZeq47w/viewform?usp=sf_link

More about #CumbriaWildWatch: https://www.cbdc.org.uk/get-involved/cumbria-wild-watch/
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreFriday, May 24th, 2024 at 10:09pm
Join us for a recording event at Bassenthwaite Lake on Saturday 29th June to celebrate #CumbriaWildWatch.

We'll be looking for snails, daisies and so much more!

More information: https://www.cbdc.org.uk/get-involved/cumbria-wild-watch/