The 2019 Community Biodiversity Awards are now open for nominations
Do you know of someone (or a group, school, parish council or business) who is working to make a difference for wildlife, and inspiring others in their community to get involved?
Now is your chance to nominate them for a 2019 Norfolk Community Biodiversity Award!
The Norfolk Community Biodiversity Awards are organised annually by the Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership (NBP) with 6 different award categories to recognise people’s efforts in areas where nature needs a helping hand, and where nature helps us:
- Young People's Achievement: This award is for individuals under 18* or those that enable young people to make a personal contribution to nature and biodiversity. Young people hold the key to the future for our wildlife so their understanding and appreciation of nature is vital. We are looking for those who are inspirational or who have inspired others to achieve these qualities. *Nominations for those aged 16 or under must be made by a parent or teacher on their behalf. Sponsored by Kelling Heath Holiday Park.
- Saving Species: This award recognises individual or group efforts to improve the lot of wildlife species or species groups. With so many plants and animals (even once common ones) in rapid decline, action is needed at every level to avoid further decline and possible extinction. We are looking for activities that directly benefit species populations or a specific habitat they rely on. Sponsored by BIRDscapes.
- Churchyards and Cemeteries: This award recognises action to care for churchyards and cemeteries so that they provide opportunities for nature to thrive as well as being a welcoming and tranquil oasis for people. In many churchyards, grassland is an important habitat, walls and stones are our rock faces. We are looking for activities that have created living churchyards, important stepping stones for biodiversity as well as places for reflection and remembrance. Sponsored by R & J Hogg Ltd.
- Nature for Health and Wellbeing: This award recognises the benefits for individuals in terms of improved health and wellbeing as a direct result of activities that bring people and nature together. We know contact with nature is good for both mental and physical health but we are looking for activities that go further to also benefit biodiversity in the community or our knowledge of it. Sponsored by Pensthorpe Natural Park.
- Groups: This award recognises the achievements of groups working on biodiversity projects in their local community. Local groups can inspire people to recognise and care for their local biodiversity while providing the chance to get together and work with a common purpose. We are looking for results for participants and the group as a whole, as well as those achieved for wildlife and habitats. Sponsored by The Landscape Partnership.
- Above and beyond: This award recognises efforts by professionals that go above and beyond their paid hours to engage with communities and volunteers to bring about gains for biodiversity Sponsored by the Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership.
Nominations can be made online here. Nominations will close on 30 April 2019.
A PDF nomination form is also available to download here. This can be returned to us by post or email.
If you would like some inspiration or examples of previous years winners, highly commended and nominations why not see our previous Community Biodiversity Awards.