Help celebrate biological recorders

Do you know someone who is improving our understanding of wildlife in the UK? Nominate them for a National Biodiversity Network award. 

Liz and Alex open a Skinner moth trap during a garden bioblitz.

The National Biodiversity Network, the National Forum for Biological Recording and the Biological Records Centre are have launched the second UK Awards for Biological Recording and Information Sharing.

Sponsored by Swarovski Optik UK, the awards recognise the outstanding contributions made individuals and groups to biological recording. 

Professor Michael Hassell, Chairman of the National Biodiversity Network said, “We want to celebrate the outstanding contributions that British biological recorders are making to improve our understanding of wildlife in the UK.” 

These contributions can include a significant number of records made in a year, the number of participants at a bioblitz, plugging of gaps in knowledge in a specific area of the UK, the number of datasets available for download, technical innovation in recording wildlife and encouraging participation through the development of apps or games. 

The awards have under-18 and adult categories and target the two main recording environments: 

• the Gilbert White youth and adult awards (for terrestrial and freshwater wildlife)
• the David Robertson youth and adult awards (for marine and coastal wildlife)

In addition, there will be an extra award this year – for groups – working with either terrestrial and freshwater wildlife or working with marine and coastal wildlife.

You can nominate someone by completing a form and sending it to the National Biodiversity Network by 31 July 2016. Find out more

Read more wildlife news stories in BBC Wildlife Magazine

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