Friday, 8 June 2018

Nominations open for NBN Awards for Biological Recording & Information Sharing

Biological recorders
Image by BSBI member Natalie Harmsworth,
Organiser of the BSBI Photographic Competition
Building on the success of the previous three years, the National Biodiversity Network, the National Forum for Biological Recording and the Biological Records Centre are launching the fourth UK Awards for Biological Recording and Information Sharing. 

Nominations have now  opened for this year's awards - who will you nominate? Do you know any botanical recorders who have made an outstanding contribution?

The Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding contributions made by individual adults and young people as well as by groups, to biological recording – which is helping to improve our understanding of the UK’s wildlife. 

These contributions can include anything from a significant number of records made in a year, the number of participants at a BioBlitz, plugging of gaps in knowledge in a specific area of the UK, through to the number of datasets available for download, technical innovation in recording wildlife or encouraging participation through the development of apps or games etc.

Evan Potter
Image by Jenny Potter
There are six categories of awards: 
  • Gilbert White Youth Award for recording terrestrial and freshwater wildlife
  • Gilbert White Adult Award for recording terrestrial and freshwater wildlife
  • David Robertson Youth Award for recording marine and coastal wildlife
  • David Robertson Adult Award for recording marine and coastal wildlife
  • Lynne Farrell Group Award for recording wildlife in any environment – group members may be of all ages. This award is named after BSBI's own Lynne Farrell, County Recorder for Mid Ebudes, BSBI Hon Gen Sec 2010-2014 and co-author of the Vascular Plant Red Data List for Great Britain
  • Adult Newcomer Award for recording wildlife
Nominating someone for an award couldn’t be simpler - you can even nominate yourself! Just complete the appropriate Awards nomination form and return it to the National Biodiversity Network Trust by 31 July 2018.