Sunday, 8 November 2015


Silk Banner which is displayed at CBDC Events  (Click over banner to enlarge)

Yesterday was the Cumbria Wildlife Recorders Conference 2015 held annually at Tullie House in Carlisle and for anyone who attended they were treated to a fabulous programme:

Stephen Westerberg (Cumbria Bird Club - On the launch of the Cumbria Online Bird Atlas
Frank Mawby - Movements of Wintering Geese and Swans on the Solway
Tony Marshall - Finding and Monitoring Dormice in Cumbria.
Brian Douglas (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) - Lost and Found Fungi Project
Richard Comont - Alien vs Predator - The Harlequin ladybird in Britain
Open Mike - Wildlife in Cumbria latest updates from recorders.
Sylvia Woodhead - Cumbria GeoConservation Group and Local Geological Sites
Simon Jackson (Tullie House Museum) - A Glimpse into the Geology Stores
Richard Comont (Bumblebee Conservation Trust) - BeeWalk - monitoring the plight of the bumblebee
Rebecca Barrett (North Pennines AONB) - Cold blooded and Spineless - Celebrating and recording invertebrates in the North Pennines.
Gary Hedges (Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre) - Highlights from the first season of CBDC Recording Days.
Nigel Gilligan - Five years of recording in an old Lake District garden
Teresa Frost (Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre) - Round up and final questions. 

A lovely day with lots of friends old and new and a big thank you to: Teresa, Gary, Stephen, Moustafa and Matt, and all who helped to make it such a wonderful success yet again.

Sorry to learn about Teresa leaving CBDC which will now be the gain of the BTO where she takes on the post of Wetland Bird Survey National Organiser.  Thank you for all the work you have done at the CBDC.

Need to keep sending in the wildlife records for Hutton Roof and anywhere else in Cumbria to the CBDC at Tullie House Museum in Carlisle. 


A photo showing the "grafters" at the Westmorland Show - August 2015

Smoked Sunbeams - Arnside Knott  (Click over to enlarge)
This photo was taken whilst sunbeams were coming through the trees at Arnside Knott, but at the same time the Foresters were burning wood about 50 yeards away and the smoke for some reason was travelling horizontal and eventually hit the sunbeams and gave it the smokey touch.