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

The NBN Trust therefore established 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 biological recording and improving our understanding of the natural world.

Winners of the 2018 Awards

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2018 Awards!

They were announced at a special evening ceremony in the Albert Hall, Nottingham on 21 November 2018.

Award categories

There are six categories:

  • Gilbert White Youth Award for recording terrestrial and freshwater wildlife
  • Gilbert White Adult Award for recording terrestrial and freshwater wildlife
  • David Robertson Youth Award for recording marine and coastal wildlife
  • David Robertson Adult Award for recording marine and coastal wildlife
  • Lynne Farrell Group Award for recording wildlife
  • Adult Newcomer Award for recording wildlife

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.
  • Successful nominees will be notified by the end of October and invited to attend the awards ceremony in November.

Sponsors

We are delighted that six organisations – Opticron, Paramo, the Field Studies Council (FSC), Nature Photographers Ltd, NHBS and British Wildlife Publishing – are supporting these awards this year.

Opticron is generously sponsoring the prizes for the Gilbert White Youth Award, the David Robertson Youth Award and the Adult Newcomer Award.

 

Paramo is generously sponsoring the prizes for the Gilbert White Adult Award and the David Robertson Adult Award.

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

 

Nature Photographers Ltd is generously sponsoring the prizes for the Gilbert White Youth Award, the Gilbert White Adult Award, the David Robertson Youth Award, the David Robertson Adult Award and the Adult Newcomer Award.

 

British Wildlife Publishing is generously sponsoring the prizes for the Gilbert White Youth Award runner-up and the David Robertson Youth Award runner-up.

 

Natural History Book Service is generously sponsoring the prizes for the Gilbert White Youth Award runner-up and the David Robertson Youth Award runner-up.

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 John Sawyer NBN Open Data Award each year.

Criteria for the John Sawyer NBN Open Data Award:

To be considered, the data provider must:

  1. Be a member
  2. Have more than 500 records in total (CC0 and CC-BY licenced records) on the NBN Atlas
  3. Have updated one or more of their CC0 or CC-BY licenced datasets over the course of the year (April 2017 – March 2018)

‘Open’ records do not include OGL records, i.e. only CC0 and CC-BY licenced 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

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.

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.