Virtual Fauna
Drawing of a raft spider


Tullie House Museum collects information on the distribution of wildlife in Cumbria. This is part of a programme of recording and monitoring the county’s wildlife, which the Museum is undertaking in partnership with the Cumbria Biological Data Network and the amateur naturalists’ community.

You can help us build up a better picture of our local wildlife and enable more effective nature conservation in Cumbria. We are interested in any information on the whereabouts of wildlife in Cumbria.

You can download a recording form here:

link to word document - Recording form Recording Form

Alternatively you can send us your records by post or email, but please ensure you include the essential information listed below. If you already have your records on a computer database please contact us at, to discuss how best to provide them.

What information do we need?

If you wish to send in records of animals or plants you have seen, the basic information we need is what it was, where it was, when it was seen and who saw it. Extra information on numbers, habitat, behaviour and type of record is very useful and increases the value of the data.

Essential information to include with your records:

Species: The name of the animal or plant

Place Name: The name of the place where the species was seen; be as specific as possible, use names given on Ordnance Survey maps.

Grid Ref: This is the map reference to the place. To work out the grid reference find the place on the map; read the numbers level with the place along the top or bottom margin of the map and write them down. Do the same for the numbers level with the place up the sides of the map. The map reference can be 2, 4 or 6 figures. 6 figures (or more) are the most accurate and are preferred. The map will also show the letters of the 100km square in which your place is found (NX, NY or SD for Cumbrian places) and these should be placed in front of the numbers. For example, the grid reference for the centre of Penrith is NY513305, or if you want to be less precise, NY5130 or NY53.

Date: The date on which you found the species. Preferably day, month and year but month and year is acceptable, as is just the year or even a range of years such as "between 1990 and 1997

Your name: Please give your name and address. Your name will be associated with the records you send in but we will not pass on your address without your permission.

Other info: Extra information is very useful – include information on numbers seen, adults or juveniles, behaviour, signs of breeding, sighting or other signs such as a nest, droppings, footprints etc.

Link to Tullie House Museum and Gallery website