Who we are
The National Biodiversity Network (NBN) is a collaborative partnership created to exchange biodiversity information. The NBN Trust, the charity which oversees and facilitates the development of the Network, is a membership organisation built on these partnership principles.
Wildlife data are recorded by many organisations and people, collected together using a range of systems, verified by experts, curated by a wide range of organisations and then aggregated and shared regionally primarily by Local Environmental Record Centres and nationally via the NBN Atlas which holds almost 223 million wildlife occurrence records.
The Network’s priority is to grow the national commitment to sharing wildlife data and information. Through this we will provide a comprehensive, unparalleled and authoritative understanding of our natural world and will use that knowledge effectively to educate and inform.
The NBN vision is that:
“Wildlife data collected and shared openly by the Network are central to the UK’s learning and understanding of its biodiversity and are critical to all decision-making about nature and the environment.”
To achieve that vision the Network must deliver improvements to the recording, collection, verification, curation, aggregation, analysis and use of wildlife data in the UK.
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The work of the NBN is facilitated by a Secretariat and governed by the NBN Board of Trustees.