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

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.

2020 NBN Awards

The 2020 NBN Awards are now open for nominations!

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 +)

Go to more information on the NBN Awards 2020 and the nomination forms.

Previous Years’ Awards

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.

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 open on 4 May and close on 26 July 2020.
  • Finalists will be announced on 5 October and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 18 November 2020.

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.

Sponsors

We are delighted that six organisations – Opticron, the Field Studies Council (FSC), Nature Photographers Ltd, William Collins, British Wildlife magazine and Natural History Book Service (NHBS) – are supporting these awards this year.

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

 

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

 

Nature Photographers Ltd is generously sponsoring prizes in all Award categories.

Nature Photographers Ltd coordinates the international Bird Photographer of the Year competition, now in its fifth year.

William Collins 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.