The NBN Awards 2016

Last year I was very lucky to receive the Gilbert White Youth Award for Terrestrial and Freshwater Recording, which you can read about here.

I have been passionate about nature for as long as I can remember, and I visit my local reserve or just comb my garden for interesting bugs at every opportunity. Winning an award for what I love doing was such a surprise, but it has inspired me to take an even greater interest in the natural world that is everywhere around us. The Gilbert White award demonstrates the importance of biological recording and highlights the importance of the records collected for the future of biodiversity on this planet! I am proud to have been the inaugural winner.

So, this year, for the second time, the National Biodiversity Network is presenting awards for biological recording and information sharing. There are 6 awards this year, which are:

  • Gilbert White youth award for terrestrial and freshwater wildlife
  • Gilbert White adult award for terrestrial and freshwater wildlife
  • David Robertson youth award for marine and coastal wildlife
  • David Robertson adult award for marine and coastal wildlife
  • A group award
  • John Sawyer NBN Open Data Award

All of the awards apart from the John Sawyer NBN Open Data Award require nominations of people who you think are suitable for the award. The youth awards are for people under 18 years of age by the deadline. If you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the world of biological recording, please nominate them here before the 31st July.



Mongolian Dinosaur Bones

This is my first post on bones, I would love to do more but I’m not the luckiest of people with finding skeletons. I once found a freshly dead Robin, but somehow it was stolen under a bucket that was still upright. Unfortunately the bones that I am writing about today were not my find, but my dad’s.

My dad was very fortunate to be able to visit Mongolia on a birding trip while I was still beavering away at school. Understandably I was very jealous. But it wasn’t all birding, he visited the Flaming Cliffs and dug up some dinosaur bone fragments!

Mongolia is well known for its paleontology. The first ever dinosaur eggs were discovered in the Flaming Cliffs site of Mongolia’s Gobi desert. These eggs were discovered in 1923 by paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews who went on many paleontology expeditions throughout China and Mongolia. Chapman Andrews removed many of his finds from Mongolia. Now of course all bones must be left in situ, so the desert is strewn with small fragments. But there must still be big discoveries waiting to be made.

There are a few ways to tell bones from stones. The easiest method, and the one my Dad used, is that when a dinosaur bone is placed on your tongue, it should stick. It did, surprisingly well!