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AGM special guest speaker – Deb Muscat Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre (CBDC).

At this year’s AGM on 15th Feb 207, we were pleased to welcome our special guest speaker – Deb Muscat Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre (CBDC).

Deb gave a presentation about the work of CBDC, the history of recording wildlife in Cumbria, the value of this data, and ways that local businesses can get involved with a new initiative called iRecord.

In her talk entitled “From Notebooks to DNA – how Cumbrian wildlife recording has shaped our understanding of wildlife and conservation”, Deb explained that The Natural Records Bureau was set up in 1902 in Tullie House, Carlisle and operates today as the Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre.  The information it holds has shaped the conservation of birds, animals and the landscape of Cumbria and beyond.  In Victorian times the realms of wildlife recording belonged to experts; with modern technology anyone can do it.

Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre (CBDC) is one of a network of local records centres (LRCs) throughout the UK. LRCs are organisations that collect, collate, manage and disseminate information relating to the biodiversity and geodiversity of a region on a not-for-profit basis. This information is received from a variety of sources, including from professional ecologists, local natural history groups and volunteer recorders.

This is a great resource for local businesses. Deb showed us how a hotel, for example, could register its location, so that visitors can upload their sightings and find out what has been seen recently.

Don’t forget to follow them on facebook and twitter to see great pictures of wildlife on your doorstep.

If anyone would like to know more please get in touch with Deb at info@cbdc.org.uk or 01228 618732.