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/

Local Groups

Cumbria Wildlife Trust

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

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

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

Cumbria Bird Club

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

Cumbria Geoconservation

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

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

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/

Cumberland Geological Society

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

Cumbria Botany

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

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

Cumbria Moth Group

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

Cumbria Birding Group

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

Cumbria Fungi Group

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

Cumbria Mammal Society

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

Cumbria Amphibian and Reptile Group

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

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


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 http://www.britishlichens.co.uk/index.html

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


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

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 at 9:19pm
SAVE THE DATE: 29th February 2020-CBDC Recorders' Conference. New date will allow everyone time to process 2019 records and provide an opportunity for "hot off the press" reports and presentations. We haven't decided a theme yet...but the date is triggering a few ideas. https://t.co/YJnV1kh5Ev CumbriaBDC photo
Monday, August 12th, 2019 at 10:42pm
Join @NorthPennAONB's FREE #bee walk with @StevenFalk1, Sun 1 Sept at Langdon Beck & Harwood-in- #Teesdale Special #Invertebrate Sites. Late flowering species = fantastic habitat for #bumblebees, solitary bees & more. Beginners welcome. Booking essential: https://t.co/UM9MLLWlUY https://t.co/hSlNm8EKzm CumbriaBDC photo
Sunday, August 11th, 2019 at 10:21pm
@solwaywalker Thanks Ann. Sending it to me is a start we will add it to the Cumbria records. If you have any other records for the Solway I can add them to our List. The volunteers we recruited last year wanted to focus on plants so we are still short on shore data.