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Who we work with

In the UK

We have many strong partnerships with government agencies and departments, academia and civil society.

Much of our work is oriented towards collaborative working, bringing together the skills and ambitions of a wide range of stakeholders. In the UK we work with many organisations, and through them with thousands of volunteers, to deliver surveillance schemes. They provide essential information on biodiversity status and trends. We also work with others to get the most from investments in research. That includes enabling data held by a range of organisations to be available to all and developing strategies for collaborative research.    

Highlights of our UK partnerships:

  • Working closely with the UK’s nature conservation bodies – Natural Resources Wales, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Natural England and NatureScot (formerly Scottish Natural Heritage*). We share information and develop shared solutions to meet the needs of each country.
  • Maintaining our partnership with the British Trust for Ornithology with a five-year agreement covering all surveillance such as breeding bird and wetland bird surveys.
  • Strengthening our partnerships with other non-governmental organisations and utilizing their volunteer networks to undertake surveillance of terrestrial biology.

*Scottish Natural Heritage changed its name to NatureScot on 24 August 2020


In Europe

We provide advice on environmental and other EU policies that affect the environment, to the UK as a Member State and to its devolved governments, the country nature conservation bodies and EU institutions.  We do this through:

  • Working to integrate environmental concerns into other sectors and to help policy-makers and economists understand the role of biodiversity in a resilient environment.
  • Taking an overview of, and co-ordinating reporting on, European Directives.
  • Helping Government to co-ordinate UK input to EU biodiversity governance.
  • Assisting the site designation process of the Natura 2000 network under the EC Birds and Habitats Directives.
  • Intelligence gathering, “horizon-scanning” and analysis. This area of work is supported by a range of contracted products and services on European policies for, or affecting, the environment provided by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP). 
  • Acting as the UK LIFE National Contact Point to provide advice and supporting in developing LIFE proposals. This service is available to all UK organisations considering EU LIFE funding. 

We also provide a supporting role for implementation and guidance at the EU level, including advice on research development and data provision.

The EU has a role in global biodiversity conservation as a member of international initiatives, including Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). We provide advice to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar) and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and its agreements (AEWA, EUROBATS, ASCOBANS, ACCOBAMS amongst others) at the European level.



We provide advice on nature conservation to international fora. This enables UK information to be shared and placed in context at the global scale. Our experts help to join up policy at different geographic scales and across sectors.

Our work falls into three broad categories:

  • Support on conservation to the UK Overseas Territories (OTs) and Crown Dependencies (CDs)
  • Advice on the UK’s implementation of international conventions that relate to biodiversity
  • Providing information about – and analysis – of UK impacts on biodiversity abroad through trade, tourism and investment.


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