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The Abu Dhabi Natural History Group gives two awards each year.  Nominations for both Awards can be made by members of any of the UAE's three natural history groups, in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Al Ain. Nominees, however, need not be members of any of the Groups, although serving officers of the Abu Dhabi ENHG (Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary) are not eligible.

The winners are selected by the Committee of the Abu Dhabi ENHG early each year. The winners are usually announced at the Inter Emirates Weekend (IEW).

Nominations may be sent by post to The Chairman, ENHG, PO Box 45553, Abu Dhabi, by 15th December each year.

Sheikh Mubarak bin Mohammed Award for Natural History

This Award is presented by the ENHG's patron, HE Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak, and is the country's premier natural history award. It is intended to acknowledge the contributions made by an individual, primarily through original research and publication, to the scientific study of the archaeology, history and natural history of the UAE.

This award is in place of the Jashanmal Award that was presented for several years after the introduction of the ENHG in the UAE.

The Award consists of an inscribed silver dhow and a cash sum.

Recipients

Year

Recipient

Notes

 2012 Oscar Campbell  Contributor of significant records of birds, etc.; promoter of Collared Kingfisher Kalbaensis conservation.
 2011 Dr. Drew Gardner
 
 Major contributions to the knowledge of the reptiles of SE Arabia as well as general ecology, flora, insects & bats
2010  Antonius (Tony) van Harten Coordinator of the impressively comprehensive and ground-breaking UAE Arthropod Project
2009 Christian Welde Archaeology in the UAE since 1985, chief archaeologist at the National Museum of Ra's al-Khaimah
2008 Dr. Mark Beech Abu Dhabi Island Archaeological Survey, Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage
2007 Gary Feulner Publications on geology, botany, entomology, molluscs and freshwater fishes.
2006 Dr. Brigitte Howarth Contributions to entomology in the UAE and Northern Oman. Study of mimicry in insects.
2005 Dr. Michele Ziolkowski Archaeology of Fujairah
2004 Peter Hellyer Support for and popularization of archaeology in the UAE
2003 HE Mohamed al Bawardi Services to conservation and environmental protection in the UAE
2002 Phil Iddison Contributions to the study of food in the UAE
2001 Peter Cunningham Herpetology of UAE, and study of Uromastyx (Spiny-tailed lizards or dhub)
2000 Dr. Reza Khan Director Dubai Zoo, Natural History of UAE
1999 Moaz Sawaf Arabian Leopard Trust
1998 Dr. Michael Gillett Major contributions to the study of insects in the UAE.
1997 Simon Aspinall Ornithologist and author of Status and Conservation of the Breeding Birds of the United Arab Emirates
1996    
1995 Colin Richardson Secretary, Emirates Bird Records Committee
1994 Dr. Marijcke Jongbloed Founder, Arabian Leopard Trust

Jashanmal Award Recipients

Year

Recipient

Notes

1993 Peter Hellyer Chair, ENHG 1989-1992
1992 A.R. "Rob" Western Bulletin Editor and author of An Introduction to the Flowers of the United Arab Emirates
1991 J.N.B. "Bish" Brown Founder-member of ENHG

The Bish Brown Award

This Award was created to commemorate one of the Group's founders, J.N.B. 'Bish' Brown, who laid the foundations of much of the scientific recording of the country's wildlife. The Award itself, a silver falcon, was donated by former Vice Chairman Dr. Terry Adams and his wife and former Group Secretary Caroline Adams, and is held for a year by each recipient.

It is intended to acknowledge contributions made by an individual in terms of promoting study and conservation of the UAE's environment, wildlife, history and heritage, whether through formal study, encouragement of educational awareness or other means, and can, therefore, be given to amateurs as well as professionals.

Recipients

Year

Recipient

Notes

 2012 Rima Jabado  Tireless efforts to gather data about local sharks and to educate all strata of UAE society about the importance of their conservation.
 2011 Dr. Brigitte Howarth
 
 Chair, Al Ain chapter, field-trip & workshop leader, promoter of environmental education and curator of the Joint Al Ain & Abu Dhabi Insect Collection of the ENHG
2010 Dr. Christophe Tourenq Driving force behind the establishment of the UAE’s first Mountain Protected Area in Wadi Wurayah in Fujairah
2009 Jens and Hanne Eriksen Promoting SE Arabian Natural History and especially birds through their photography and publications
2008 (Major) Ali Al Suwaidi Founder, Emirates Marine Environment Agency
2007 Robert W. (Bob) Reimer ENHG website Tribulus archive, study of dragonflies
2006 Roy Richards &
Liz Sowinska
Enthusiastic field trip leaders for the Abu Dhabi chapter
2005 Allestree Fisher Field trip leader, speaker and enthusiast at the Abu Dhabi chapter
2004 Dr. Sandy Fowler Author of Rough Shellers' Guide to the UAE
2003 Val Chalmers Long-time contributor to the Dubai Natural History Group, trip leader, speaker
2002 Brien Holmes Chairman, Al Ain chapter
2001 Ibrahim Zakhour Served almost 20 years as trip leader for the Al Ain chapter
2000 Dr. Michael Gillett Responsible for one of the largest collections of insects of the UAE and northern Oman, leading expert on beetles
1999 Gayatri Raghwa Dedicated work to environmental education in schools and colleges in Abu Dhabi Emirate
1998 Gary Feulner Geology, botany, molluscs, freshwater fish
1997 Steve James Ornithologist and long-time contributor to the Abu Dhabi Natural History Group
1996 Carolyn Lehmann Amateur expert in fossil sea urchins in the UAE and adjacent areas; discovered an important archaeological site at Umm Suqeim

Patron: H.E. Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak Al Nahayan