Validation and Verification

CBDC does all it can to validate and verify species records, although it cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of the data provided.

CBDC’s policy is to only share validated and verified data. Validation ensures that records are in a standard format; with an Ordnance Survey grid reference, location, recorder and determiner name and species scientific name using a recognised name in the NBN Species Inventory. CBDC staff liaise with the recorder if there are any queries and may ask for evidence such as photographs or specimens.

Verification is the process of checking that the species identification is correct. It is undertaken by local referees or county recorders on an annual basis and is supplemented by national experts reviewing CBDC datasets on a more ad hoc basic. For most records verifiers will merely accept the record is plausible based on what is known about the species’ range, life history, habitat preferences, ease of identification and the recorder’s experience. Occasionally the verifier will require more information about the record, for instance is there a photograph of the species that has been recorded.

Rare, protected and non-native/invasive species will be verified as soon as possible after the record has been received.

Thursday, March 19th, 2020 at 6:59pm
Wood anemones and early dog violets out by the river Wear in Durham now - getting outside and looking for signs of spring at this surreal time seems like the best #NaturalHealthService @BSBIbotany https://t.co/l2KoNthcz8 CumbriaBDC photo
Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 at 11:56pm
Following the closure of Tullie House tomorrow CBDC will continue to operate by staff working from home and via email. All face to face meetings and training courses have been cancelled up to end of April. Keep safe and well.
Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 at 11:52pm
3. This decision was not taken lightly & was done in conjunction with partners & stakeholders. With the health of our community uppermost in our minds we feel closing is the safest option. We look forward to reopening with our programme of exhibitions & events as soon as possible
Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 at 11:52pm
2. On Wednesday 18th March all galleries will be closed. From Thursday 19th March the entire building and grounds will be closed to the public. Decisions about eventual reopening will be made in accordance with the latest government guidance.