Nominate for New Nature Award!

by Sarah Dobson Wildlife Author - Dan Danahar

Call for Nominations – New Nature Award

N.B. Nominations close Midnight August 31st 2015.

This year, a brand new P.E.A. Award category has been launched to celebrate best practice in creating new nature areas, contributing to the ‘world-class’ environment of the UNESCO Lewes & Brighton Downs Biosphere Region as well as places further afield.

The new Nature Award will celebrate the great habitat creation work being undertaken to increase biodiversity and to connect habitats so they’re more resilient to the pressures of human development and climate change. No nomination will be considered too small or too large. We want to know about new or original projects that have made a positive impact on local biodiversity and that provide inspiration to engage others to replicate the work elsewhere. It could be an innovative wildlife pond in your back garden, a wildflower meadow created by the parish council on the village green, a green roof on the warehouse of a local business, or a student design for a new sea wall encouraging colonisation by marine life.

Inspire us with your stories and send us photos and/or videos so we can share what has been done with the rest of the world. Nominate yourself or whoever you feel has done a great job to make your environment more biodiverse. We want the people responsible to be recognised and to feel proud of the work they have achieved – whether they’re acting on behalf of an organisation or simply doing their bit to take care of their local environment.

Visit to enter or nominate for the Nature Award and to view a full list of the other award categories.

Dr Dan Danahar, Executive Trustee of the local charity Big Nature, whose aim it is to increase Biodiversity within the Biosphere, and Rich Howorth, the Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Manager, will judge the Nature Awards.

Big Nature judge, Dr Dan Danahar, said: "We will be looking for projects that show originality by providing new habitats that could be scaled up to make a patchwork of suitable homes for wildlife throughout the Biosphere landscape and beyond. We want to see work that makes a positive contribution for wildlife and inspires others to replicate such work, but most of all we want to see evidence of the joy that such work brings to the lives of many people”.

Big Nature looks for ways that help Nature within the Biosphere and beyond.


It could not be easier to enter. We invite you to nominate yourself, or you may choose to nominate a colleague or someone who has inspired you, and all you have to do is submit 500 words maximum in your application about your chosen project. It’s free to enter, thanks to our sponsors support.

If you are applying for more than one category, multiple submissions must be made. Nominations close Midnight August 31st 2015.

If you have any questions about the nomination process, please call +44 (0) 203 002 0990 or email

For information about examples of existing habitat creation within the Biosphere contact:

Dr Dan Danahar


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