The Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership (NBP) has launched its annual awards, which will be presented at a ceremony this summer.
And organisers are now calling for outstanding projects to be nominated for the awards.
Paul Holley, chairman of the NBP’s communities and nature topic group, which organises the awards, said: “This is the twelfth 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.
“Working together on conservation projects is a great way to make a difference for wildlife alongside benefits for human health and wellbeing.”
Last year, 12 individuals and groups were honoured by the awards, including the team behind the community Toadwatch scheme which helps toads cross the A134 at Cranwich to reach their spawning groups.
Voluntary groups in Great Massingham and Hunstanton were also among the winners in 2014.
This year’s awards are split into five categories: Parish and town councils, Inspiring individuals, Best group, Outstanding land manager and a themed award looking specifically at heathlands.
Mr Holley said: “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.
“We are also looking to recognise work to conserve Norfolk’s precious heathland– a fragmented and threatened lowland habitat important for a range of specialist plants and animals. ”
The NBP is a partnership of 22 organisations, including West Norfolk Council, Anglian Water, the Environment Agency, the Forestry Commission, the Norfolk Biodiversity Information Service, Norfolk County Council, the Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the University of East Anglia. It works through specific topic groups to help preserve the county’s environment.
Nominations will close on May 22. The winners will receive their prizes at an event in Norwich in July.
To submit a nomination, or to put your own group forward, visit http://www.norfolkbiodiversity.org/com munityprojects/biodiversit yawards.aspx.