Local Recording Groups

Whether your passion lies with mosses or moths, there are formal and informal groups and societies that can help you learn more about the fascinating wildlife in Cumbria, as well as how to identify and record it.

Featured below is a selection of popular groups we work with in Cumbria. If you’re looking for something specific but struggling to find it, then feel free to contact us and we’ll give you a hand.

Many local groups sit under the Cumbria Naturalists Union, an umbrella organisation that publishes the county’s annual natural history report, ‘Birds and Wildlife in Cumbria’. CBDC supports ‘Birds and Wildlife in Cumbria’ by providing data to the authors of the publication’s various reports. Copies of the report are available from the Tullie House shop or from Cumbria Bird Club.

You’re always welcome to send records of any and all species to us directly, via our ‘Submit A Record’ page. If you send a record to anywhere else as well as CBDC, then please let us know so we can manage duplicate records.

Natural History Societies

Maryport natural history society

Website
http://www.senhousemuseum.co.uk/about-museum/museum-groups/


Carlisle Natural History society

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/CarlisleNats/

Website
http://www.carlislenats.org.uk/

Twitter
https://twitter.com/CarlisleNats?lang=en-gb


Arnside Natural History Society

Website
http://www.arnsideanddistrictnhs.co.uk/


Keswick Natural History Society

Website 
http://www.keswicknathist.co.uk/


Ambleside Natural History Society

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/AmblesideNaturalHistorySociety/

Website
http://anhs.org.uk/wp/

https://www.facebook.com/NorthPenninesAONB/

Local Groups

Cumberland Bat Group

Website
https://www.bats.org.uk/support-bats/bat-groups/north-west-england

Facebook Group
https://www.facebook.com/cumberlandbatgroup/


South Cumberland Bat Group

Website
https://cumbriabats.wordpress.com/


Cumbria Amphibian and Reptile Group

Facebook Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/589703024785031/


Cumbria Bird Club

Website
https://www.cumbriabirdclub.org.uk/


Cumbria Birding Group

Facebook Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cumbriabirding/


Cumbria Insects and Invertebrates

Facebook Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/948454538863929/


Cumbria Mammal Society

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/MammalSociety/


Cumbria Moth Group

Facebook Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1484989568463053/


Cumbria Botany

Website
http://www.cumbriabotany.co.uk/

Facebook Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/CumbriaBotanyGroup/


Cumbria Lichens and Cumbria Bryophytes

Website
https://cumbrialichensbryophytes.org.uk/

Facebook Lichen Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cumbrialichens

Facebook Bryophyte Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cumbriabryophytes


Cumbria Fungi Group

Facebook Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/336722100236838/


Cumbria Geoconservation

Facebook Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1900093153583144/

Website
https://www.cbdc.org.uk/cumbria_geoconservation_home/


Cumberland Geological Society

Website
http://www.cumberland-geol-soc.org.uk/events/


Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/cumbriawildlifetrust/

Website
https://www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk/

Twitter
https://twitter.com/cumbriawildlife?lang=en-gb


North Pennines AONB- This organisation covers several recording groups.

Website
http://www.northpennines.org.uk/

Twitter
https://twitter.com/NorthPennAONB

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/NorthPenninesAONB/

Country-Wide Organisations

BSBI

Website
https://bsbi.org/

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/BSBI2011/

Twitter
https://twitter.com/BSBIbotany


British Trust for Ornithology

Website
https://www.bto.org/

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/The.BTO/

Twitter
https://twitter.com/_BTO?lang=en-gb


British Bryological Society

Website
http://www.britishbryologicalsociety.org.uk/

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/britishmoss


British Lichen Society

Website
https://www.britishlichensociety.org.uk/

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/BLSlichensF/


Moth Records

Facebook Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/RecordingMoths/


Butterfly conservation

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/savebutterflies/

Website
https://butterfly-conservation.org/


The British Mycological Society

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/groups/18843741618/

Website
https://www.britmycolsoc.org.uk/


The Fungus Conservation Trust

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/The-Fungus-Conservation-Trust-formerly-ABFG-194924697239188/

Website
http://www.abfg.org/


Amphibian and Reptile Conservation

Website
https://www.arc-trust.org/Pages/Contact.aspx

Twitter
https://twitter.com/ARC_Bytes


Plantlife

Website
http://www.plantlife.org.uk/uk

Twitter
https://twitter.com/Love_plants

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/LovePlantlife/


Field Studies Council

Website
https://www.field-studies-council.org/

Twitter
https://twitter.com/FieldStudiesC

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/FieldStudiesC/


Biological Records Center

Website
http://www.brc.ac.uk/home

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