Merseyside BioBank Active Naturalists - MBAN

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The Merseyside BioBank Active Naturalists (MBAN) is a group, associated with Merseyside BioBank Local Environmental Records Centre, for people who want to actively record wildlife in North Merseyside and put their observations to use for the conservation of wildlife in our area.

The group caters for beginners as well as more experienced recorders. MBAN could be the group for you if you live or work in North Merseyside and…

  • you are interested in learning how to identify wildlife and make useful records of your observations, but you are not sure how to begin, or
  • you have some experience of observing wildlife, but you want to improve your skills and learn more about the technical aspects of biological recording, or
  • you are a biological recorder and you wish to associate with a group where the emphasis is on active recording and mobilising your records for the good of conservation, or
  • you are an experienced biological recorder and you want to help others improve their skills.

Membership of the group, and all of the training, is free; but members are expected to contribute to the work of the group by submitting biological records. You can read more about membership of the group, and what members are expected to contribute below.

 

MBAN Membership

There are three MBAN membership levels for people who want to enroll on the Foundations in Biological Recording course.

  • Enrolled member: someone who has enrolled on the Foundations of Biological Recording course.
  • Contributing member: someone who has attended the four Foundations of Biological Recording modules and contributed at least 100 North Merseyside biological records to MBB in the current (or previous) year.
  • Senior contributing member: someone who has attended the four Foundations of Biological Recording modules and contributed at least 250 North Merseyside records to MBB in the current (or previous) year, including some from at least five different notified Local Wildlife Sites.

In addition, there are some MBAN membership levels for those who are unable, or do not wish, to undertake the Foundations in Biological Recording course.

  • Associate member: this is a discretionary membership for experienced recorders who wish to be associated with the group and have submitted at least 1000 North Merseyside records (over any time period) to MBB.
  • Junior member: this is a membership level for children. Children are not required to undertake the Foundations in Biological Recording course.
  • Junior contributing member: this is a membership level for children who have contributed at least 50 North Merseyside biological records to MBB in the current (or previous) year. Children are not required to undertake the Foundations in Biological Recording course.

Attendance at any MBAN meeting, whether at Merseyside BioBank or elsewhere, by anyone under the age of 18 is only acceptable if they are accompanied by a legal guardian. Note that the Foundations of Biological Recording course has been designed for adults: children should not be booked to attend these modules.

There are many benefits to MBAN membership. Some of them are listed below.

  • MBAN members have access to free training and attendance at site meetings.
  • MBAN members receive support from Merseyside BioBank staff to get their records 'into the system' where they will be used to protect wildlife.
  • By submitting their records to Merseyside BioBank, MBAN members avail themselves of our verification and validation procedures.
  • Merseyside BioBank operates a short-term loans system, for books and equipment, for which MBAN members are given priority.
  • Any contributing or senior contributing member may request Merseyside BioBank to provide a certificate acknowledging completion of the Foundations in Biological Recording course and their contribution of records to Merseyside BioBank.
  • Any junior contributing member may request Merseyside BioBank to provide a certificate acknowledging their contribution of records to Merseyside BioBank.
  • Advanced or preferential access to new software or web tools for biological recorders.

To publicise the group and the good work of MBAN members, Merseyside BioBank will maintain a number of web pages on our website dedicated to the group. Some of these pages will list the membership and highlight the good work done by them.

Members of MBAN must agree to their names and membership level being publicised on the MBAN web pages. All records contributed to Merseyside BioBank by MBAN members are accepted on the basis that they can be used, at the discretion of Merseyside BioBank, for normal use within the Local Environmental Records Centre. This may include supplying records to third parties to fulfil data requests.

To enroll as a member of Merseyside BioBank Active Naturalists please subscribe using the online list or contact us at info@merseysidebiobank.org.uk to request a form.