Oban naturalist shortlisted for national award

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Naturalist Hannah Grist has been shortlisted for a top marine and coastal wildlife award.

The 33-year-old, who works across Argyll, including Oban, and in other parts of Scotland, has beated off national competition to be in the running for the 2018 UK Awards for Biological Recording and Information Sharing.

Ms Grist has been shortlisted in the David Robertson adult award for recording marine and coastal wildlife category.

Thee annual awards started in 2015, and have been developed by the National Biodiversity Network, the National Forum for Biological Recording and the Biological Records Centre to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contributions made to biological recording by adults and young people, which is helping to improve our understanding of the UK’s wildlife.

Ms Grist said: ‘Biological recording is fantastic, because it combines a great excuse to get outdoors with providing a meaningful contribution to science.’

The winners will be announced at a special ceremony on Wednesday November 21 during the National Biodiversity Network’s annual conference in Nottingham.