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JNCC’s new Terrestrial Biodiversity Evidence Strategy launched

News Item 2020

JNCC’s new Terrestrial Biodiversity Evidence Strategy has been launched.

Our Ecosystems Analysis Team experts undertake a range of work contributing to the delivery of high-quality evidence on biodiversity and ecosystems, to inform decisions affecting the environment. This work includes using earth observation data, as well as maintaining long-standing partnerships that co-ordinate terrestrial species surveillance schemes, involving thousands of volunteer recorders.

For two years, our experts have been working with government, the devolved administrations and the country nature conservation bodies to develop this new strategy that focuses on the types of terrestrial biodiversity evidence that we want to generate, and the ways we will work to achieve this. We want to collect data and undertake analyses that allow us to better understand biodiversity at a range of scales, from species’ genetics right up to ecosystem functioning. We will achieve this by working towards objectives categorised into four different activity areas:

  1. Developing capacity in biodiversity recording
  2. Data collection
  3. Data processing, analysis and synthesis
  4. Data use

Development of the strategy highlighted that the current set of species surveillance schemes we support are highly valued by UK countries, and there is support for these to continue. However, there was a consensus that schemes may need to evolve to continue to support emerging evidence requirements for nature conservation.

JNCC supports numerous UK terrestrial species surveillance schemes, including:

  • Avian Demographics Scheme
  • Breeding Birds Survey
  • Goose and Swan Monitoring Programme
  • National Bat Monitoring Programme
  • National Plant Monitoring Scheme
  • UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme
  • Wetland Birds Survey
  • Biological Records Centre
  • Rare Breeding Birds Panel


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