Biological recorders out at Little Thairn and Muckle Thairn in Berwickshire, Scotland © Mike Beard
Initially set up in 2015, the UK Awards for Biological Recording and Information Sharing recognises the contribution by adults, young people and wildlife groups.
Across the five different categories, 24 individuals and groups have been shortlisted for the 2017 Awards.
“The one consistent love through my life has been for nature,” says Annie Irving, who has been shortlisted for the adult newcomer award.
“Though I’ve always appreciated the natural world around me, it wasn’t until I moved to Wales two years ago that I became more actively involved in supporting the preservation and conservation of the natural world.”
The five different categories, some of which are named after famous naturalists, including Gilbert White, celebrate the range of work undertaken by biological recorders:
- Adult newcomer award
- David Roberston adult award for marine and coastal wildlife
- Gilbert White adult award for terrestrial and freshwater wildlife
- Lynne Farrell group award for wildlife recording
- Youth awards for wildlife recording
The full list of shortlisted nominees can be found at the National Biodiversity Network’s (NBN) website.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 16 November at the NBN’s annual conference in Cardiff.
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