Latest information about wildlife recording and events from the Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
 This eNews will inform you about....
  • RODiS online recording workshops in South Cumbria this month.
  • Tiny Earthstar Geastrum minimum Fungus- A rare BAP species discovered in Cumbria
  • FREE Dayflying Moths Workshop on 10th April at Tullie House 
  • SAVE THE DATE - BioBlitz 19th - 20th July Curwen Park, Workington

FREE South Cumbria RODiS workshops

CBDC will be holding three 12:30 - 4pm RODiS workshops this month;
  • Victoria Hall, Grange-Over-Sands - Monday 24th March
  • Millom Network Centre, Millom - Friday 28th March
  • CWT Headquarters, Kendal - Monday 31st March
Each identical workshop aims to get participants confident using RODiS online recording software for entering, managing and submitting wildlife sightings. For more information on RODiS, please visit our RODiS page. To book your place on one of the free RODiS workshops please email or call Gary Hedges on 01228 618717 (office hours).

Tiny Earthstar discovered in Cumbria!

In November 2013 David Benham and Betty King collected three earthstar specimens suspected to be Tiny Earthstar (a dune specialist) from dunes in South West Cumbria and sent them off to Tullie House for identification. We passed them onto Dr. Martyn Ainsworth, a Mycologist at Kew Gardens to confirm the identifications using DNA sequencing technology. In March 2013 results came back positively identifying all 3 specimens as the rare priority species, G. minimum. Highlighting the importance of this find, the only site in Britain where this species was known to occur before now was Holkham NNR in Norfolk. Who knows what other rarities still await discovery on our spectacular dunes systems. Right: Earthstar Fungus - image copyright David Benham.

FREE Identification workshop: Day-flying Moths

13:00 - 16:30 10th April, Tullie House.
There are more than 50 species of moth active during the day in Cumbria and these are often as vividly coloured and attractively patterned as butterflies. Led by Gary Hedges and Stephen Hewitt, this workshop will provide an introduction to the field identification of many of these species with the novel use of specimens from the museum collections. Anyone interested in Wildlife is welcome to attend, particularly those who are already familiar with a few butterflies. Suitable for adults. The workshop is free to attend but capacity is limited so please book by calling Tullie House box office (open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday 12pm to 5pm) on 01228 618700. Right: Green Carpet - image copyright Steve Doyle.

24hr BioBlitz - Curwen Park, Workington

Saturday 19 July, 12pm – Sunday 20th July, 12pm
Help us in our 24-hour quest to find and record all the different species of wildlife in Curwen Park in Workington. Join the wildlife experts as we seek out all the nature inhabiting the park, such as birds, bats, butterflies and flowers. Learn how to find, identify and record wildlife with guided nature walks, displays, demonstrations and activities. There will be lots of fun inside and outside for all ages. CBDC and Tullie House Museum are running this BioBlitz together with Allerdale Borough Council. Free of charge. No booking required. For more information and a full programme coming soon, please visit our website: or contact Gary Hedges 01228 618717 or Email:
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