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

UK Awards for Biological Recording and Information Sharing: nominations now open!

Do you know an outstanding biological recorder? Help us recognise achievement and promote biological recording, by nominating someone for the 2017 awards. There are six categories covering adults, young people and groups.

Developed in 2015 by the National Biodiversity Network, the National Forum for Biological Recording and the Biological Records Centre, these annual Awards celebrate the individuals, the newcomers and the groups of people or organisations that are making outstanding contributions to biological recording and improving our understanding of the natural world in the UK. All too often the painstaking work that individual and groups of biological recorders undertake is not publically recognised.  So help us put that right, and nominate your unsung hero!

Nominating someone couldn’t be simpler, just complete a short form explaining how your nominee is making an exceptional contribution in the world of UK biological recording, and send it in by 31 July. Full details are on the NBN website nominations page.


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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