Nominations still open for NBN Awards for Wildlife Recording 2019 – but closing soon!

Nominations still open for NBN Awards for Wildlife Recording 2019 – but closing soon! - UK and Ireland :

The National Biodiversity Network (NBN) Awards for Wildlife Recording recognise and celebrate outstanding contributions made by individual adults, young people and groups, to biological recording – which is helping to improve our understanding of the UK’s wildlife. Don’t miss out this year, nominations close on August 11, 2019.

Developed in partnership with the National Forum for Biological Recording and the Biological Records Centre in 2015, these annual Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding contributions made by individuals and groups to wildlife recording – which is helping to improve our understanding of the natural world within the UK and enabling evidence-based environmental decision making.  

These contributions can include anything from the number of records made by an individual or group, the number of records openly shared on the NBN Atlas or other systems,  the number of participants at a BioBlitz and the quantity of data generated, plugging of gaps in knowledge in a specific area of the UK, technical innovation in recording wildlife or encouraging participation through the development of apps or games etc.

There are five categories of awards:  

• NBN Award for wildlife recording - terrestrial (open to individuals 21 years +)

• NBN Award for wildlife recording - marine (open to individuals 21 years +)

• NBN Group Award (no age restrictions)

• NBN Young Person’s Award (open to individuals aged 11-20)

• NBN Newcomer Award (open to individuals 21 years +)

Nominations may be made by anyone, you can even nominate yourself! These can include people and organisations that are not National Biodiversity Network Trust members. To apply visit: bit.ly/NBNawards19 and complete the appropriate Awards nomination form either online or email it to: [email protected] by 11 August 2019.  Short-listed nominees in each Award category will be announced on 1 October and the winners will be announced on 13 November at the National Biodiversity Network’s annual conference in Nottingham. Information about the winners of the 2018 NBN Awards is available on the NBN website.

The National Biodiversity Network (NBN) is the UK’s largest partnership for nature. It is a collaboration of over 200 members committed to sharing UK wildlife data and making it easily available. It started in April 2000 and Network members range from government agencies, research bodies, local environmental records centres, conservation charities, commercial companies as well as local and national wildlife recording groups.  

Members include The Open University’s iSpotnature.org, as well as well-known organisations, such as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), the National Trust, Butterfly Conservation and Friends of the Earth, as well as lesser known groups such as Longhorn Beetle Recording Scheme, Riverfly Partnership and Outer Hebrides Recording Group, to name just a few. The one thing that unites everyone involved in the Network is their desire for high-quality wildlife data to provide a robust evidence base for environmental decision-making.  Data providers share their biodiversity data via the NBN Atlas: nbnatlas.org

09 Aug 2019
Janice A