Sarah Eno presenting the Bob Saville award to Sarah Adamson (ENHS) at the TWIC (The Wildlife Information Centre) Conference, SRUC Oatridge, November 2019

The recent TWIC Autumn Conference held at Oatridge College on Saturday 30 November saw the presentation of the Bob Saville Award. Bob Saville, who died in 2010, was one of the founders and inspirers of TWIC. He was one of the best-known faces in biological recording in Scotland over many years. A silver quaich is presented each year in his memory to others carrying forward his vision.

Presenting the award, TWIC Chair, Sarah Eno said:

“The Bob Saville Award recognises individuals and organisations who have made a significant contribution to recording and encouraging others to get involved. This year we recognise the Edinburgh Natural History Society and its members over the last 150 years. Its work supports people who are active submitters of records and gives novices the confidence to start on that journey. It provides a range of opportunities through an annual programme of around 50 field trips and other events. It has a remarkable heritage and its old journals, which can be accessed online, give a unique insight into the people, wildlife and the places in the Edinburgh area.”

Reflecting on Edinburgh Natural History Society being presented with the Bob Saville Award, President Sarah Adamson said:

“I am delighted to receive this award on behalf of the Edinburgh Natural History Society. In our 150th year it is an honour to be recognised for the work of the many Edinburgh Nats who have been passionate about natural history and what we now call biodiversity. We continue to encourage and support people to get involved in monitoring and recording their local patch or by joining us on field trips and joint recording events with TWIC. Thank you to Bob Saville, who was known by many Nats and it was his focus on observing and recording that has been continued and valued.”

Information about the Edinburgh Natural History Society, including links to the historical archive, can be found on its website.

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