The UK Priority Species Indicator Initiative, charting the changing status of priority species across nature
In order to assess our progress towards national and international biodiversity targets, and to improve species’ conservation prospects, we need a robust system of monitoring, analysis and reporting for priority species in the UK (and individual countries). The current UK priority species indicator was last updated in 2008, and since then no coordinated reporting has taken place. Additionally, there were methodological and presentational problems with this indicator.
To address this gap RSPB, alongside JNCC, has initiated a partnership of organisations to develop a new biodiversity indicator describing the changing status of priority species in the UK (and individual countries).
It is hoped that the indicator will serve a range of purposes, including, highlighting emerging problems for species and groups and recognising conservation successes, allowing the efficacy of conservation interventions to be assessed at a country level and raising the profile of lesser known taxonomic groups.
- Build a partnership of nature conservation organisations and statutory agencies
- Define a priority species list
- Review of the quantity and quality of data currently available for each species on the list
- Prioritise groups for additional or improved monitoring
- Explore and test different ways to construct an indicator using the variety of data types available, for example, species abundance or species range
- Develop reporting and data collation protocols
- Publish a draft indicator in Spring 2013
Key dates so far
- In March 2012, we led a workshop where more than 30 experts attended from both the NGO and statutory sectors.
- Presentations and discussion sessions covered topics such as, the importance of indicators, governmental aims and priorities, data availability, improvements to monitoring and reporting, recent statistical advances, and options for indicator creation.
- The groups shown below have agreed to contribute towards this project.
Work planned or underwayWe aim to have the indicator ready for publication in Spring 2013 as a draft version. Following from this we envisage updating the indicator in 2014, 2017 and 2020 to meet reporting requirements for the Convention on Biological Diversity. For a subset of species it may be possible to update the indicator annually.
ResultsNo results available so far.
Species affected (not UK birds)All ‘priority’ species are involved in this project. At present this relates to those on the UK BAP list, across all taxonomic groups.
Who to contact
Amphibian & Reptile Conservation www.arc-trust.org
Association of British Fungus Groups www.abfg.org
Bat Conservation Trust www.bats.org.uk
Biological Records Centre www.brc.ac.ukk
British Bryological Society http://rbg-web2.rbge.org.uk/bbs/bbs.htm
British Dragonfly Society www.british-dragonflies.org.uk
British Lichen Society www.thebls.org.uk
Botanical Society of the British Isles www.bsbi.org.uk
British Trust for Ornithology www.bto.org
Bumblebee Conservation Trust www.bumblebeeconservation.org.uk
Butterfly Conservation www.butterfly-conservation.org
The Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland www.conchsoc.org
Hymettus Ltd. hymettus.org.uk
Mammal Society www.mammal.org.uk
National Biodiversity Network data.nbn.org.uk
People's Trust for Endangered Species www.ptes.org
Pond Conservation www.pondconservation.org.uk
Wildlife Trusts www.wildlifetrusts.org
N.B. This list may change over time
In addition, we are working with DEFRA and the four devolved country agencies through JNCC jncc.defra.gov.uk