Its time to nominate your Biodiversity Heroes!
Nominations for the Norfolk Community Biodiversity Awards are now open! This is your chance to show your appreciation to the groups, individuals and projects that go the extra mile to protect, enhance and improve Norfolk's unique, beautiful and world class biodiversity! Every day volunteers dedicate their spare time to toil away in the background, educating people, carrying out practical conservation, and raising awareness, often with little thanks.
The Community Biodiversity Awards intend to thank these people, to celebrate the work they are doing and to motivate others to pick up tools, to put pen to paper, to spread the word and to continue to protect something Norfolk's biodiversity.
In the 2020 awards there will be 5 categories within which to nominate your biodiversity heroes:
- 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 Easton College.
- 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 the Zoological Society of East Anglia.
- 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. 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, the group as a whole, particularly those achieved for wildlife and habitats. Sponsored by The Landscape Partnership.
You can make your nomination or nominations now by CLICKING HERE
Remember, if you think the work that you, your group or your project is worthy of an award, self nomination is completely acceptable.
Nominations will be judged against: the extent of biodiversity enhancement; the degree of community involvement; evidence of long-term sustainability (such as site management plans); how they contribute to the development of an ecological network; interpretation; public accessibility; and the extent to which nominees have inspired and motivated others in their community and contributed to new knowledge of Norfolk's biodiversity. We are looking for applications that are inspiring and may enthuse others to take action!
If you would like some inspiration for who to nominate, details about the previous awards winners can be found here.
Good luck with your nominations! If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch at: firstname.lastname@example.org