The National Biodiversity Network Trust (NBN Trust) is accepting nominations for the NBN Awards for Wildlife Recording 2020.

These awards were developed in 2015 by the National Biodiversity Network Trust, the National Forum for Biological Recording and the Biological Records Centre.  Annually, they celebrate the achievements of the individuals, the newcomers and the groups of people or whole organisations that are making outstanding contributions to wildlife recording and improving our understanding of the natural world in the UK. 

Following the success of the last five years’ awards, we are excited by the prospect of receiving even more nominations of amazing people in 2020, despite the Coronavirus lock-down!

Award categories

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

If you, or your organisation, know of any individuals or any groups of people that have made an outstanding contribution, make sure you nominate them for the relevant award!

Please include as much relevant information as possible, under the various headings, on how your nominee is making a difference and the impact of their involvement in wildlife recording.

You can nominate the same person for different Award categories using a separate nomination form for each Award category.  If you wish to nominate more than one person or group please use a separate nomination form for each nominee. You can even nominate yourself!

Please email your completed nomination form to:  support@nbn.org.uk by 26 July 2020 or complete the relevant online nomination form by the same date.

Nomination Forms

Download the NBN Award for Wildlife Recording – Terrestrial 2020 nomination form (Editable MS Word document) or complete nomination online.

Download the NBN Award for Wildlife Recording – Marine 2020 nomination form (Editable MS Word document) or complete nomination online.

Download the NBN Group Award 2020 nomination form (Editable MS Word document) or complete nomination online.

Download the NBN Young Person’s Award 2020 nomination form (Editable MS Word document) or complete nomination online.

Download the NBN Newcomer Award 2020 nomination form (Editable MS Word document) or complete nomination online.

Important dates

Nominations open on 4 May and close on 26 July 2020.

This year, the five short-listed nominees from each award category will be announced on 5 October, giving us the opportunity to recognise the achievements of more biological recorders than in previous years.

The winners will be announced at a special ceremony on 18 November that is part of the National Biodiversity Network’s annual conference in Milton Keynes.

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 a 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.

Help us publicise these Awards!

Please help us spread the word about the 2020 NBN Awards for Wildlife Recording.  To make it easier for you, we have developed a Social Media Kit that you might like to use.  Of course you are welcome to edit our suggestions, as you see fit!  You might also like to use this photo (copyright: The Marine Biological Association) or use images of your own.

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), and 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 Trust Patron, the Chair of the NBN Board of Trustees, the CEO of the NBN Trust and representatives of the Biological Records Centre and National Forum for Biological Recording.
  • The Awards Committee will consider the significance of the contribution (voluntary or otherwise) made to wildlife recording and/or improving our understanding of the UK’s biodiversity. This could include filling geographic or taxonomic gaps in our knowledge, encouraging and facilitating participation, verifying records, teaching or mentoring recorders, or creating and sharing tools and resources to support wildlife recording and increasing participation.
  • Nominations open on 4 May and close on 26 July 2020.

John Sawyer NBN Open Data Award

As in the last five years, the NBN will once again be determining the winner of the above award, which has been created to “recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution of NBN Data Partners in achieving the vision of the NBN in collecting and sharing biological data openly to educate and inform”.

The NBN Trust will identify one Data Partner deserving of the John Sawyer NBN Open Data Award in 2020.

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

Previous Years’ Awards

NBN Award Winners 2019

UK Award Winners 2018

UK Award Winners 2017

UK Award Winners 2016

UK Award Winners 2015

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.