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'Ant Boy' Xander now up for national Young Person award

By Tom Ramage

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Aviemore's pride and joy is in line for another well-earned national accolade.

A delighted Ross Johnston tells the Strathy: "Xander has been shortlisted for this year's National Biodiversity Network young person award."

The 14-year-old environmental expert's Dad explained: "It comes in recognition of his surveying, recording and conservation work."

Already the proud possessor of a shelf creaking with assorted awards, Xander is now featuring among the pick of this year's wildlife recording artists.

Xander Johnston: an inspiration to so many even at just 14
Xander Johnston: an inspiration to so many even at just 14

Some 22 individuals and groups have been chosen as finalists in the five different categories of the NBN Awards for 2020.

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

Xander joins three other individuals aged between 11 and 20:

James Evans (18) from Thame, Oxfordshire

Reuben Nebbett-Blades (17) from Garboldisham, Norfolk

And Neeve O’Flynn-Mundin (19) from the Isle of Wight

The winners will be announced on Wednesday, November 18 during the National Biodiversity Network Trust’s online conference – themed “The NBN at 20 – Changing times”.

Booking to attend the NBN Awards online ceremony is now open, and is free of charge. Book here

Sponsors of this year's event are: Opticron, Habitat Aid, the Field Studies Council, Nature Photographers Ltd, publisher William Collins, British Wildlife and the NHBS

The annual national awards started in 2015, and were previously known as the UK Awards for Biological Recording and Information Sharing. They were originally developed by the National Biodiversity Network Trust, the National Forum for Biological Recording and the Biological Records Centre.

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