NBN Awards for Wildlife Recording

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.

2022 NBN Awards for Wildlife Recording

Nominations have opened and will close on Sunday 17 July 2022.  Which incredible individuals or groups will you nominate this year?

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 +)

Nominate now!

2022 Sponsors of Prizes

We are delighted that nine organisations – Opticron, Habitat Aid, the Field Studies Council, the Michael Hoppen Gallery, William Collins, W.W. Norton & Company, 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 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.

 

W.W. Norton & Company 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 Trust’s Communications and Engagement Manager, will decide on the winners each year.
  • Nominations opened on 27 May and close on 17 July 2022.
  • Finalists will be announced on 21 September and the winners will be announced on 9 November in London at the NBN Conference 2022.

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.

Previous Years’ Awards

2021 Awards

Information on all of the 2021 winners can be found in our previous news article.

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.

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. 

To be considered, the data provider must: 

  1. Be a member of the NBN Trust

  2. Have more than 500 records in total (CC0 and CC-BY licensed records) on the NBN Atlas 

  3. Have updated one or more of their CC0 or CC-BY licensed datasets over the course of the year 

Open’ records do not include OGL records, i.e. only CC0 and CC-BY licensed records. 
Data providers will then be scored (5 to 1) based on: 

  1. The total number of open records 

  2. The proportion of open records compared to the total number of records (open and shared) that the data provider has on the NBN Atlas 

  3. The average resolution (in metres) of all open records 

  4. The average age (in years) of all open records 

N.B. Previous winners of the award cannot win again within five years.

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

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