Nominate your wildlife heroes

The UK Awards for Biological Recording and Information Sharing is now open for entries! 

A group surveying wildlife at Delph Pond
A group surveying wildlife at Delph Pond © Mike Beard


Now in its third year, the UK Awards for Biological Recording and Information Sharing celebrates contributions made to biological recording — be it by individual adults, young people, or groups — helping to broaden our understanding of the UK’s wildlife.

The idea and motivation behind the awards is simple, as Michael Hassell, chairman of the National Biodiversity Network explains: “The painstaking work that individual and groups of biological recorders undertake over many years is all too often not publicly recognised. We want you to correct that by nominating your unsung heroes.”

Contributions to bio recording can include anything from a significant number of records made in one year, to technical innovations in recording wildlife participation through the development of games or apps.

This year sees the addition of the Adult Newcomer Award, bringing the total number of award categories to six. 

In 2016, Richard Comont won the Gilbert White adult award for recording terrestrial and freshwater wildlife.

"The main reason that I spend my spare time doing biological recording is the endless fascination of how much there is to find, even on your own doorstep," he says.

"Biological records also have the power to inform about what's happening to our world - from the effects of the spread of the Harlequin ladybird to the impacts of global warming. They're a window into the world of wildlife for those who aren't out looking - and the best way we have of demonstrating when something needs to be done."

If there’s someone, or a group of people, you’d like to nominate, simply complete the appropriate awards nomination form and submit it to the National Biodiversity Network by 31 July 2017.

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