The National Biodiversity Network 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 organisations that are making outstanding contributions to wildlife recording and improving our understanding of the natural world.
Nominations for the 2019 Awards
** Nominations are now closed **
However, the shortlisted 2019 Finalists in each Award category have now been announced. The achievements of the winners will be celebrated at a special Awards ceremony on Wednesday 13 November, as part of the 2019 NBN Conference in Nottingham.
2019 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 +)
Previous Years’ Awards
Information on all of the 2018 winners can be found in our previous news article.
Information on all of the 2017 winners can be found in our previous news article.
Information on all of the 2016 winners can be found in our previous news article.
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 Chair of the NBN Board of Trustees, the NBN Patron, the CEO of the NBN and representatives of the Biological Records Centre and National Forum for Biological Recording.
- Nominations open on 8 May and close on 11 August 2019.
- Successful nominees will be notified mid-October and invited to attend the awards ceremony on 13 November 2019.
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.
We are delighted that seven organisations and individuals – Opticron, Mrs. Ceri Leigh, the Field Studies Council (FSC), Nature Photographers Ltd, William Collins, British Wildlife magazine and Natural History Book Service – are supporting these awards this year.
Opticron is generously sponsoring prizes for the NBN Young Person’s Award and the NBN Newcomer Award.
Mrs Ceri Leigh is generously sponsoring prizes for the NBN Award for Wildlife Recording – Terrestrial and the NBN Award for Wildlife Recording – Marine.
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.
Now in its fourth year NPL co-ordinate the international Bird Photographer of the Year competition.
William Collins is generously sponsoring prizes in all Award categories.
British Wildlife magazine is generously sponsoring a prize for NBN Newcomer Award.
Natural History Book Service is generously sponsoring a prize for the NBN Young Person’s Award.