Search begins for 2016’s community biodiversity award-winners

The 2015 Community Biodiversity Awards winners.Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

The 2015 Community Biodiversity Awards winners.Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

An annual search has begun to reward the wildlife heroes working to make a difference for nature in their communities.

The Community Biodiversity Awards are organised by the Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership (NBP), which aims to co-ordinate and share conservation initiatives across the county.

Last year, 15 awards were presented to individuals and groups, including a lifetime achievement award for gamekeeper Joe Cullum, recognising his work to enhance the habitats and wildlife at Buckenham and Hassingham Broads, in the Yare Valley.

This year, organisers hope to encourage entries from individuals, businesses, local groups and parish and town councils which are engaged in improving their surrounding environment for the benefit of nature.

There are five themed categories – Parish and Town Councils, Best Group, Commons and Greens, Churchyards and Cemeteries, and 'Inspiring Others', recognising those who have gone the extra mile to bring about a wider appreciation of nature.

Judges will look for evidence of biodiversity enhancement, as well as the degree of community involvement, and the long-term sustainability of the project.

Paul Holley, chairman of the NBP communities and nature topic group, which organises the awards, said: 'This is the 13th year for the Community Biodiversity Awards. Over this time we have celebrated some outstanding conservation projects and individuals who have made a real difference in their local communities.

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'Working together on conservation projects is a great way to make a difference for wildlife alongside benefits for human health and wellbeing.

'This year we have broadened our award categories so that we can recognise important efforts to conserve biodiversity undertaken by parish and town councils, land managers, local businesses and schools.'

Nominations close on May 13. Groups or individuals can enter themselves, or nominate other projects or people with their consent.

For more details and nomination forms, click here.

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