SNH Business Award
Celebrating the inspiring people, projects, groups and organisations across different aspects of nature conservation in Scotland, the Nature of Scotland Awards 2020 are open for applications and nominations until 1 June. A number of categories return this year including the SNH Business Award, and the refreshed Conservation Science Award which this year will recognise the achievements of early career researchers. We also look forward to welcoming applications in two new categories, the Forest and Woodland Award and in recognition of the nature and climate emergency we have launched the Nature and Climate Action Award.
Learn more about the nine award categories below.
Sponsored by Scottish Water
Scotland’s rivers, lochs and seas are special places and bring to mind some of our most cherished wildlife experiences from leaping salmon and playful otters to basking seals and diving seabirds. To mark the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020, this special award will recognise outstanding contributions that are helping nature thrive in Scottish marine and freshwater habitats. Whether it’s an innovative project that has had real impact or someone who is connecting people with the aquatic world we want to hear from you.
This award will go to an outstanding community-based initiative that clearly demonstrates what they have done for the benefit of nature. The project should be developed and led by the people it serves, acting as an inspiration to others and offering real value to the whole community.
Sponsored by SAGES
For 2020, the Nature of Scotland Awards Conservation Science category will recognise the achievements of Early Career Researchers. We welcome applications from/nominations of individuals whose exemplary, peer-reviewed research has had an important impact in support of nature conservation in Scotland or has exceptional promise of doing so in the future.
Important research contributions to conservation can take many forms, from directly informing the management of species, habitats, physical environments and ecosystems to influencing policy, scientific thinking or innovation in methods, and so the award will consider applications from/nominations of scientists across the full range of Conservation Science disciplines.
Applicants are considered eligible if qualifying research was carried out as part of or within six years of having completed post-graduate study, and while applicants need not be based in Scotland, their research must have direct relevance to nature conservation here.
Sponsored by Confor
Our trees, woodlands and forests play a vital role in providing nature-based solutions to the climate and biodiversity emergencies. They store carbon, are homes to wildlife, provide timber, inspire art and are great places for recreation. This award celebrates our sustainable forestry and woodland champions and is open to applications from individuals, businesses, communities or organisations who are creating and/or managing woodlands. Whoever you are, you will be going above and beyond standard practice, and placing nature and wildlife at the heart of your activities. You might be a wildlife-friendly forester, a community making the most of your local woodlands or a farmer and other land manager exploring innovative new approaches which bring benefits for wildlife and people. Applicants with forests and woodlands of all types and scales will be considered, from small woodlands or urban planting schemes through to landscape-scale projects.
Awarded to the most innovative project, initiative, practice, or technique (management or otherwise) that has aided nature conservation. Entries for this award need to stand out as being different – perhaps you have pioneered a project that is the first of its kind or you have approached something that has been done before in a new way.
Sponsored by ScottishPower Renewables
We are facing a nature and climate emergency that cannot be ignored. The unprecedented loss in biodiversity and the persistent rise in global temperatures require us to take urgent action. This award recognises the link between the crises facing nature and the climate and Scottish nature-based solutions to them. Individuals, projects or organisations who are nominated should demonstrate clear, definitive steps that are both saving nature and mitigating or adapting to climate change.
Awards in this category will reflect the urgency to act, have impact in multiple sectors, and implement ideas or innovative technology to create a solution.
Sponsored by The Ardmore
The nominee will have achieved something extraordinary to conserve a vulnerable and threatened species, providing a catalyst for positive change through hard work and dedication.
This could be through implementing policy, intervening to prevent habitat destruction or helping to create a valuable ecosystem which has then helped a struggling species.
This award honours schools and youth groups which can demonstrate how they have made a real difference to the conservation and sustainability of Scotland’s wildlife and habitats. These projects need to show through evidence and outcomes what they have done in nature, through nature, about nature and for nature.
This could be through fundraising for a conservation-related project, partnership working, best practice in hands-on delivery of learning for sustainability or connecting young people to the natural world. If you are an Eco School or a member of the Green Flag scheme, your application must show how the platform has been used to deliver additional activities to those expected as part of this scheme.
Tell us why your group is head and shoulders above the rest and spread the word on the results you have achieved!
With thanks also to Turcan Connell for supporting the creation of our trophies.