Record Ownership


For species data the original recorder always retains ownership/copyright of their own biological records and can ask for them to be removed from the database at any time. Usually the custodian is the person/organisation who first receives the record from the recorder.

Many local recording groups, conservation organisations and national schemes have their own datasets and wish to retain the ownership of their records and make them public. In these instances CBDC and the data owners enter into a Data Exchange Agreement that sets out how the information can be shared and used.

Please contact us if you have a further enquiry about record and data ownership.

Sharing Data

CBDC is the custodian of much of the data it holds and makes it public on the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) Gateway at a minimum 10km square resolution so that everyone can see broad species distributions in Cumbria.

In general these species records may be used by:
• Naturalists interested in species distributions and occurrences;
• Those in education including anyone carrying out an undergraduate project;
• Site managers for broad information on species distributions in the vicinity of their site.

Please contact us if you intend to use the information in a report or journal.

CBDC does not give permission for any data it shares with the NBN Gateway to be used for any commercial purpose. Contact CBDC through our Data Enquiry Service if you are a:
• Consultant, ecologist or local authority staff member working within the planning process
• Site manager requiring more detailed site information.
• Post graduate or professional researcher.

CBDC partners, national and local recording schemes and county recorders can be given full access to the data. If you require this service contact CBDC directly or request the service via the NBN Gateway.

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 at 10:00pm
Very exited to see the Ernest Blezard cases out on display again!
CumbriaBDC photo
Tullie House @TullieHouse
Exciting stuff as the famous Ernest Blezard habitat bird cases are installed for #Tullie125 #exhibition. Here red kite, southern puffins, kestrel chicks, merlins shown. Recreating the fondly remembered bird room atmosphere of older times.
Sunday, February 3rd, 2019 at 7:43pm
Best ever farmland bird ringing day - phenomenal 142 Yellowhammers caught inc a 5 year old with c700 Yellowhammers on site! 400 Tree Sparrows present with 31 ringed but 44 retrapped originally ringed as nestlings across the landscape. I think working with the farmers is working! CumbriaBDC photo
Sunday, February 3rd, 2019 at 7:38pm
We had a great first #Winter #Invertebrate talk last night with Ian Beddison. A fascinating presentation followed by soup, cake & a good natter! This was one of our favourite of Ian's photos, beautiful Ruby-tailed wasps found in County #Durham 😍 @NorthPennAONB @HeritageFundNE CumbriaBDC photo