Cumbria Bird Avifauna

The Birds of Cumbria:  A County Avifauna:  A review of changing status and distribution up to 2019

This is the first detailed assessment of the changing status and distribution of birds in Cumbria and has been written by members of the Cumbria Bird Club. It sources records from the earliest written records up to and including 2019 for the present county of Cumbria.

In the case of vagrant and rare species updates beyond 2019 will be listed on the species title page. It takes the form of individual species accounts which will be published on the Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre website as they are written. Each species account can be accessed via the contents page.

Until the final species account is written, the accounts can be revised in the light of any new information coming to light. Therefore the authors would encourage the submission of any relevant additional information and also comments on any factual inaccuracies or omissions. These can be sent to

Species Accounts – Download (.pdf):

Species included so far

     – Smew Mergus albellus

     – American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica

     – Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula

     – Little Ringed Plover Charidrius dubius

     – Bittern Botaurus stellaris

     – Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis

     – Great White Egret Ardea alba

     – Little Egret Egretta garzetta

     – Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor

Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre

The Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre at Tullie House Museum, Carlisle keeps wildlife information for the county of Cumbria. Tullie House Museum, in its role as a local natural history museum, has collected and disseminated records of wildlife in Cumbria since its inception in 1893. From the early 1990s the Museum has developed a computerised database of species and habitat records in Cumbria and has taken the central role in providing a local biodiversity data service for the county. This role was restyled as Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre (CBDC) in 2010, a not-for-profit organisation hosted by Tullie House Museum and advised by local stakeholders.
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