The National Biodiversity Network Trust wants to recognise significant achievement and celebrate success in wildlife recording and information sharing in the UK.

So, to do this, the NBN Trust set up a national award scheme, in 2015, in partnership with the Biological Records Centre and the National Forum for Biological Recording. These awards are made annually to individuals, groups of people or to whole organisations that are making outstanding contributions to wildlife recording and improving our understanding of the natural world in the UK.

2021 NBN Awards

Nominations have closed for the NBN Awards for Wildlife Recording 2021 – the winners will be announced in November.

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 close on Sunday 18 July 2021.

Previous Years’ Awards

2020 Awards

Information on all of the 2020 winners can be found in our previous news article.

2019 Awards

Information on all of the 2019 winners can be found in our previous news article.

2018 Awards

Information on all of the 2018 winners can be found in our previous news article.

2017 Awards

Information on all of the 2017 winners can be found in our previous news article.

2016 Awards

Information on all of the 2016 winners can be found in our previous news article.

2015 Awards

Information on all of the 2015 winners can be found in our previous news article.

2021 Sponsors of Prizes

We are delighted that eight organisations – Opticron, Habitat Aid, the Field Studies Council (FSC), the Michael Hoppen Gallery, William Collins, Bird Photographer of the Year, British Wildlife magazine and Natural History Book Service (NHBS) – are supporting the NBN Awards this year, by sponsoring the prizes.

Opticron is generously sponsoring prizes for the NBN Young Person’s Award and for the NBN Newcomer Award.

 

Habitat Aid is generously sponsoring prizes for the NBN Award for Wildlife Recording – Marine, for the NBN Award for Wildlife Recording – Terrestrial and for the NBN Group Award.

 

The Field Studies Council (FSC) is generously sponsoring the prize for the NBN Group Award.

 

The Michael Hoppen Gallery is generously sponsoring prizes in all Award categories.

 

William Collins is generously sponsoring prizes for the NBN Young Person’s Award, for the NBN Newcomer Award, for the NBN Award for Wildlife Recording – Marine and for the NBN Award for Wildlife Recording – Terrestrial.

 

The Bird Photographer of the Year competition is generously sponsoring prizes in all Award categories.

British Wildlife magazine is generously sponsoring a prize for the NBN Newcomer Award.

 

Natural History Book Service is generously sponsoring a prize for the NBN Young Person’s Award.

Rules of the Awards

  • The National Biodiversity Network Trust will make the awards annually.
  • Nominations may be made by anyone (including people and organisations that are not Network members).  You may even nominate yourself!
  • Individuals, groups of people or entire organisations are eligible for the awards.
  • The Awards committee, chaired by the NBN Senior Communications Officer, will decide on the winners each year. The Committee will include the NBN Patron, the Chair of the NBN Board of Trustees, the CEO of the NBN and representatives of the Biological Records Centre and National Forum for Biological Recording.
  • Nominations opened on 4 May and close on 18 July 2021.
  • Finalists will be announced on 5 October and the winners will be announced in November at the NBN Conference 2021.

John Sawyer NBN Open Data Award 

This award recognises and celebrates the outstanding contribution of NBN Data Partners in achieving the vision of the NBN Trust in “collecting and sharing biological data openly to educate and inform”. 

The NBN Trust Secretariat will identify one Data Partner deserving of the John Sawyer NBN Open Data Award each year. 

The winner of the Award will be notified by the end of October and invited to attend the Awards ceremony in November. 

N.B. Nominations cannot be made for the John Sawyer NBN Open Data Award.  

Nominators’ and Nominees’ Contact Details

The privacy of Award nominators’ and nominees’ information is assured. While we might contact the nominator again about the Awards in future years, we will not email any information about the NBN Trust’s other work to the nominator or nominee, unless we have been actively requested to.