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Invitation to Tender: Reference C23-0445-1788
Contract Title: Severe Weather Monitoring Contract

Background to Project

The Severe Weather scheme is designed to help with conservation of waterbirds (ducks, geese, waders). During prolonged periods of severe weather waterbirds struggle to feed as the ground becomes hard, or snow covered, and they have less energy to deal with any disturbance. The scheme was designed to manage the disturbance caused by waterfowl shooting during prolonged periods of severe weather, but, increasingly, also has a role in minimising disturbance from other recreational activities such as bird ringing, walking, water-based recreation etc. Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act Section 2 (6) the relevant Secretary of State(s) has power to impose a temporary close season of waterbird shooting during ‘prolonged severe weather’. The Severe Weather scheme provides an agreed process as to what qualifies as ‘prolonged severe weather’. This scheme covers GB, with England and Wales being dealt with together as a single management unit, separately from Scotland. 

This ITT is for the gathering and provision of severe weather data to partners to inform decisions on voluntary restraint of shooting and other disturbances and statutory suspensions of shooting between 7th November 2023 and 20th February 2024.

If interested in this project potential bidders are invited to download the following documents within the zip on contracts finder and complete the acceptance form of our terms and conditions attached to the invitation to tender letter (ITT).

  • Invitation to Tender letter (ITT) - Proforma Form to be completed
  • Annex A
  • Instructions for Tenderers (submission of bids) PS4a
  • JNCC General terms and conditions
  • JNCC Quality Assurance Policy
  • PS12 rates for contractors
  • Conflict of Interest


• Date for return of tender: 30 August 2023 @ 16:00 hours
• Proposed start date: 25 September 2023
• Proposed end date: 1 March 2024


Invitation to Tender: Reference C23-0382-1774
Contract Title: Towards Predicting the Biodiversity Impacts of Environmental Change

Background to Project

In November 2022, JNCC and the Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies published a joint statement on Nature Recovery. This set out the need to embed nature recovery in UK decision-making and to deliver impactful policies that incentivise and drive public and private investment in the protection and recovery of the UK’s nature through all our activities. As envisaged in that statement, the global community has now committed to the ambitious Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. In May 2023, JNCC published a new strategy: Together for Nature; this further set out the need to advise on the design of new policies and actions to progress nature recovery.

However, despite a strong evidence base on biodiversity in the UK, we currently lack the technical capability to use this evidence to model the impact of potential environmental, societal and policy trajectories on biodiversity. Without this capability, we may be unable to support the development of policy to ensure that the UK is on track for nature recovery.

JNCC is seeking research partners to help develop a modelling framework for predicting the impact on biodiversity from changes to the environment over the next 25–50 years across the whole of the UK. This framework must identify and be responsive to critical drivers of biodiversity change, including climate, society, land use and land management. The framework must allow for different scenarios to be developed and run to assess how different societal and policy choices could affect biodiversity. The framework should be designed to model a range of different biodiversity measures including measures of both species and habitat outcomes to provide a holistic view of biodiversity change.

Development of this modelling framework is likely to be a long-term endeavour. During the course of this contractual period, both the initial development and longer term planning should be completed.

Next Steps

If interested in this project potential bidders are invited to request the necessary documents by emailing If submitting a bid, please read the instructions for tenderers and complete the acceptance form of our terms and conditions provided with the invitation to tender letter (ITT).


  • Date for return of tender: Friday 25 August 2023 @ 09:00 hours
  • Proposed start date: Monday 2 October 2023
  • Proposed end date: Friday 14 April 2025


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