NEWS - Shortlist for UK Awards for Biological Recording and Information Sharing

29th September 2017

We are delighted to announce the nominees who have been shortlisted in each of the different categories of the 2017 UK Awards for Biological Recording and Information Sharing.  We congratulate them all and celebrate their achievements!

In alphabetical order:

Adult Newcomer Award

David Robertson 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 winners of the 2017 UK Awards for Biological Recording and Information Sharing will be announced at a special ceremony on Thursday 16 November during the National Biodiversity Network’s annual conference in Cardiff.

This year we are indebted to three organisations for their support:
1. Opticron for sponsoring the prizes for the Youth Awards and for the Adult Newcomer Award.

2. Paramo Directional Clothing for sponsoring the prizes for the Gilbert White Adult Award and the David Robertson Adult Award.

3. Field Studies Council (FSC) for sponsoring the prize for the Lynne Farrell Group Award.

The National Forum for Biological Recording is the independent voice of Biological Recording in the UK.

So what is biological recording? At its simplest, it is the information on where a recognised species, habitat or community is to be found, when it was seen and by whom. Yet, in combination with information about condition, traits and environmental parameters, this simple occurrence data is vital to guiding and monitoring sustainable development, wildlife protection and positive measures for conservation.

In relation to a growing population, resource stewardship and a changing climate, access to and the means to understand high quality biodiversity information are vital - but this is not always appreciated.


  • brings together suppliers, managers, and users of information about species, habitats and wildlife sites;
  • provides a forum for discussion and sharing of knowledge and experience;
  • promotes the importance of biodiversity information in nature conservation, planning, research, education and public participation;
  • represents the biological recording community.
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