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.

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 at 6:14pm
Interesting article - the only record of the Cerambyx Cerdo in Cumbria was caught and put into the collection @TullieHouse in 1900 by FH Day. CBDC are interested to receive Grass snake records - most records are in the South Cumbria. https://t.co/WSGE814iX1
Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 at 5:42pm
Cumbria needs volunteers. Need training? Contact CBDC Recording Officer Stuart Colgate. https://t.co/qi21BCTN8K
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NPMS @theNPMS
Rachel spills the beans! Everything you ever wanted to know about the #NationalPlantMonitoringScheme in this exclusive full-length interview https://t.co/UsAU5hoqLs between @BSBIbotany & #NPMS Volunteer Manager Dr Rachel Murphy. #CitizenScience #wildflowers #BiologicalRecording https://t.co/2aK1wUTDO8
Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 at 5:29pm
Great Opportunity1 https://t.co/dN1fRc6fzq
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Field Studies Coun @FieldStudiesC
Dont forget!! The Young Darwin Scholarship application deadline closes on 21st June. A great opportunity for young people who have a real interest in the natural world with 15 scholarships up for grabs. https://t.co/wGt77NpYDj 🐝🦋🌿🌼 @PrestonMontford #charlesdarwin #scholarship https://t.co/Kd0Ennk8jf
Sunday, June 9th, 2019 at 6:43pm
@SteveTrotter1 @Susans_Farm @PastureForLife @cumbriawildlife #Dave the A-Dor-able Dung Beetle did his bit to raise awareness about Soil Superheroes. Now resting, cozy in his donkey dung. @Team_DUMP
Sunday, June 9th, 2019 at 6:43pm
@SteveTrotter1 @Susans_Farm @PastureForLife @cumbriawildlife #Dave the A-Dor-able Dung Beetle did his bit to raise awareness about Soil Superheroes. Now resting, cozy in his donkey dung. @Team_DUMP