NBN Award Winners 2021 - National Biodiversity Network

The winners and runners up of the NBN Awards for Wildlife Recording 2020 were announced at an online ceremony on Wednesday 24 November 2021.

Izzy Fry – winner of the NBN Young Person’s Award 2021
Izzy Fry – winner of the NBN Young Person’s Award 2021

These national Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding contributions adults and young people are making to wildlife recording and data sharing, which is helping to improve our understanding of the UK’s biodiversity.

There are five Award categories:

NBN Young Person’s Award 2021

Izzy Fry, (age 16, from Tisbury, Wiltshire) is the winner of the NBN Young Person’s Award 2021.

Izzy is a young ambassador for the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, and also co-founded a local nature group called Tisbury Young Nature Watch. She inspires and encourages other young people in the area to have a love for nature and learn to conserve and protect it. Izzy organises lots of fun events such as owl pellet dissections, water vole surveys and young photographers’ days.

She volunteers for the BTO’s bird ringing scheme and volunteers at the county’s wildlife hospital. The winner has her own nature blog a following of nearly 7,000 on Instagram.

Izzy Fry, winner of the NBN Young Person’s Award 2021, says: “I love getting involved with wildlife recording because I know I am collecting valuable data and hopefully playing a part in helping to learn more about how we can protect and conserve the species we are surveying!”

The runner-up of the NBN Young Person’s Award 2021, is 18 year old Alfred Dudley-Warde, (from Middleton, West Sussex).

Alfred has been volunteering since he was 14 years old, first for the National Trust, and since 2018, for Botany Bay Conservancy. He was particularly interested in the life in the chalk ghyll stream and the presence of wild brown trout – and started to help with general conservation work.

Alfred was trained by the South Down National Park Authority to survey the stream for the Riverfly Partnership and it was clear that he is very observant and thorough in his approach.

He is not only making his important contribution but also inspiring others of his generation to engage and collaborate.

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Posted On: 25/11/2021

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