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Status of European habitats and species indicator (species)

C3b. Status of UK species of European importance

Type: State Indicator

Indicator Description

Member States of the European Union are required to report every 6 years on the conservation status of habitats and species listed on the annexes of the Habitats Directive.  Each assessment needs to conclude whether the species is in one of the following states: Favourable, Unfavourable-Inadequate, Unfavourable-Bad or Unknown.  The indicator is based on an evaluation of whether the results are better or worse in 2013 than in 2007

Summary

No new data since the previous publication.

In 2007, 26% of UK species listed on Annexes II, IV or V of the Habitats Directive were in favourable conservation status, increasing to 39% in 2013.

The conservation status of 18% of species was improving in 2007, decreasing to 10% in 2013. 

The conservation status of 13% of the species was declining in 2007, increasing to 15% in 2013.

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UK species of European importance

C3bi. Percentage of UK species of European importance in improving or declining conservation status in 2007 and 2013.

C3bi. Percentage of UK species of European importance in improving or declining conservation status in 2007 and 2013.

Notes:

  1. The number of species assessed was 89 in 2007, and 93 in 2013.
  2. The chart is based on species listed on Annexes II, IV and V of the Habitats Directive, but excluding vagrants.
  3. The aim of the Habitats Directive is to achieve favourable conservation status for the species and habitats listed in its Annexes.  An assessment of status and trends for each species and habitat is undertaken every 6 years.  Trends in unfavourable conservation status allow identification of whether progress is being made, as it will take many years for some habitats and species to reach favourable conservation status.

Source: UK Habitats Directive (Article 17) reports 2007 and 2013.

​Assessment of change in status of UK species of European importance

  Long term Short term Latest year
Percentage of UK species of European importance in favourable or improving conservation status 2010 indicator - insufficient or no comparable data indicator - increasing
2007-2013
Increased (2013)

*A long-term assessment is not made as the time series does not go back more than 10 years.

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