Responsible Recording

Recording, or biological data collecting is, for many of us, an enjoyable part of our lives, and the resulting data has many important uses for science, conservation, planning, and informing the development of policies and legislation.

However, if recording is not carried out responsibly, your presence and activities can have a serious, negative impact on the environment and the wildlife you are interested in. You should also consider the needs of landowners, farmers, livestock, and other people who visit, live and work in the countryside.

Knowledge and implementation of the information below will enable all recorders, novice and expert, to act responsibly and as ambassadors of good practice to others.

These policies and codes have been developed and based on sound research and experience over many years. As a photographer or birder how many times have you tried to get the perfect shot, or confirmed identification, by getting too close to your subject? Such disturbance can often affect breeding success, or finding enough food to survive the night. It might cause tired migrants to move on to less suitable habitats when they need to shelter, rest or feed.

Codes of Practice

All users of the countryside:
Countryside Code

Birdwatchers:
Bird Watchers’ Code (BTO, .PDF)

Wildlife photographers:
Photography and the Law (RSPB, .PDF)

Butterfly enthusiasts:
Collecting, breeding and photography (Butterfly Conservation, .PDF)

Advice for Dog Walkers

Dog disturbance has been researched and scientifically proven to cause breeding failure and desertion by wildlife of otherwise suitable habitat. Roosting waders have been shown to be critically affected by dog walkers as they are constantly moved on along the beach. Cumulative minor disturbances have been proven to be more detrimental than single large events, and as the population increases and suitable habitat is lost these pressures are compounded.

Scottish Outdoor Access Code for dog walkers 

Rare Breeding Birds

If you discover a rare bird, particularly a breeding species, think carefully about who you inform. Large numbers of visitors wanting to see the unusual sight might cause breeding failure or criminals may steal eggs or young.

Reporting Birds to RBBP (.PDF)

Health and Safety

When venturing out make sure you are fit enough for your chosen activity: tiredness causes poor decision making. Make sure you are properly equipped and know how to use it. The weather in Cumbria can change very quickly: make sure you have clothing for all likely eventualities. Make sure you can navigate ,and don’t rely on electronic navaids such as GPS and smartphones which are prone to failure. A map and compass is far more reliable. Be tick aware!

Mountain Rescue Safety Advice
BTO’s Health and Safety for Volunteer Surveyors
Lyme Disease Action
Tick and Lyme Disease advice (.PDF)

Know the Law

Rare species and those particularly prone to disturbance are protected by wildlife legislation. Make sure you know the law with regard to your target area or species before you leave home.

Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000

Wildlife Crime Reporting

If you suspect someone is committing a wildlife offence you can report it to the Cumbria Police by telephoning 101 or file a non-urgent crime via the link below.

Cumbria Police Wildlife Crime

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 CentreMonday, April 1st, 2024 at 1:30am
The Cumbria Local Nature Recovery Strategy (LNRS) team have launched a new survey aiming to get the public’s thoughts on nature in Cumbria.

Tell them what nature means to you, why it is important and what you think should be done to help nature in Cumbria.

Take the survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WJH6WLC
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreFriday, March 29th, 2024 at 11:25pm
CBDC has a new blog site! We already have a few contributions of Cumbrian recorders and those working with or interested in biodiversity in Cumbria:
https://www.cbdc.org.uk/get-involved/blogs/
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreThursday, March 28th, 2024 at 10:09pm
More things to do in Cumbria this weekend....
Visit the Wordsworth House and Garden in Cockermouth to see the wonderful new wildlife exhibition! Features exhibits from @TullieCarlisle...
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/lake-district/wordsworth-house-and-garden
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreThursday, March 28th, 2024 at 10:25am
Out and about this weekend? Why not record what animals and plants you see with an app or the CBDC spreadsheet? Then send to us and help with biodiversity decision making across the county!
https://www.cbdc.org.uk/recording-wildlife/
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreThursday, March 14th, 2024 at 6:37am
#CumbriaWildWatch on last night's ITV News Lookaround! Watch from ~13mins in:
https://www.itv.com/watch/news/catch-up-on-itv-news-lookaround-from-wednesday-13th-march/47tff6g via @ITVX
Filmed in the glorious @TullieCarlisle garden with @cumbriainbloom....
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreMonday, March 11th, 2024 at 3:42am
Cumbria Wild Watch is coming this summer!
Join us 27-30 June 2024 to record Cumbrian wildlife - anywhere in Cumbria. We're putting resources together to support your wildlife recording adventure - visit our website for more information and to register your interest:
https://www.cbdc.org.uk/get-involved/cumbria-wild-watch/