NBN Action Plan 2016 – 2020

The NBN Secretariat really values the time that all consultees put into responding to the Action Plan and we have taken on board your comments and suggested changes. These changes have all been outlined in the Action Plan Table of Changes – March 2016 for your reference.

NBN Communications Strategy

This Communications Strategy describes the management of the communication activities of the NBN Secretariat.  These activities are carried out on behalf of the National Biodiversity Network.

It identifies communication objectives and key messages for priority audiences.  It is used by the Secretariat, as the basis for formulating specific communication activities and material.

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NBN Strategy 2015 – 2020

This is the final version of the NBN Strategy 2015 – 2020. It is the work of over 500 people and sets out five Strategic Aims to achieve the NBN Vision.

NBN Strategy Refresh 2014 – consultation summary

The NBN Trust received 225 responses to the NBN Strategy Review Questionnaire in 2014 (83 NBN members and 54 non-members). These provided a wide range of views and opinions about the NBN to inform the development of its new Strategy. The “NBN Strategy Refresh 2014 – consultation” summarises the results of the questionnaire

NBN Draft Strategy 2015-2020

This document was the First draft of the NBN Strategy for consultation by NBN participants, which was published in February 2015 and is the result of work carried out over the previous six months, in which many Network participants were involved.

The NBN Strategy seeks change in how biological data in the UK are collected, verified, managed, analysed, disseminated and used.  The Strategy sets out five Strategic Aims, 21 objectives and some initial priorities to achieve the new vision that: “Wildlife data collected and shared openly by the Network are central to the UK’s learning and understanding of its biodiversity and are critical to all decision-making about nature and the environment.”


Running a Biological Recording Scheme or Survey Guidebook

This guidebook is designed to help and inform administrators of biological recording schemes and societies.

Contents include:

  • Planning and funding
  • Field recording
  • Managing data
  • Publicity, recruitment, training and support
  • Making use of data


Improving Wildlife Data Quality Guidebook

These guidance notes focus on wildlife data verification and validation, in the context of the overall collection, management and dissemination of the wildlife information.

They are intended for use by anyone involved in collecting or using wildlife data. They are not intended to be the last word. Different participants in biological recording will have more or less of a need to adopt particular methods. One solution will not suit everyone but this document will give you a good starting point.


The Darwin Guide to Recording Wildlife

The Darwin Guide to Recording Wildlife explains how to record for enjoyment, for interest and to help science and conservation.

Charles Darwin was a recorder; he loved observing natural life and used his and others’ records in his science. We hope this guide will inspire you to get involved too!


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