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

The NBN has therefore established a national award scheme in partnership with the Biological Records Centre and the National Forum for Biological Recording. These awards will be made annually to individuals, groups of people or organisations that are making outstanding contributions to biological recording and improving our understanding of the natural world.

2016 Awards

Following its success in 2015, on Thursday 17th November 2016, we will again be holding an evening reception for the UK Awards for Biological Recording and Information Sharing.  This will be held at the National Museums Scotland between 6 and 7.15 PM.  Drinks and nibbles will be served during the event and there are a number of restaurants available locally for dining afterwards.

We are delighted that Swarovski Optik UK will once again be sponsoring these awards. We are also pleased to announce that Paramo will be involved with sponsorship this year too.

Download the Awards Programme 2016

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Award categories

There are five categories:

  • Gilbert White youth award for terrestrial and freshwater wildlife
  • Gilbert White adult award for terrestrial and freshwater wildlife
  • David Robertson youth award for marine and coastal wildlife
  • David Robertson adult award for marine and coastal wildlife
  • Lynne Farrell group award for wildlife recording

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), but you may not nominate yourself.
  • Individuals, groups of people or entire organisations are eligible for the awards.
  • The Awards committee will decide on the winners each year. The Committee will include the Chair of the NBN Board of Trustees, the NBN Patron (Earl of Selborne), a representative of any sponsoring organisation, the CEO of the NBN and representatives of the Biological Records Centre and National Forum for Biological Recording.
  • Nominations opened on 20th April and closed on 31st July in 2016.
  • Successful nominees will be notified by the end of October and invited to attend the awards ceremony.

John Sawyer NBN Open Data Award

This award 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”.

Using the criteria below, the NBN Secretariat will identify one Data Partner deserving of the Open Data Award each year.

Criteria for the John Sawyer NBN Open Data Award:

  • NBN membership – Organisation must be a member of the NBN
  • Currency – The mean age of the data
  • Visibility – Organisations that make more than 90% of their records visible
  • Resolution – Organisations that make their records available at 100 m resolution or better
  • Data licences – the percentage of datasets assigned with a creative commons licence on the NBN Gateway

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.

2015 Awards

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