State of Nature reporting

Working together to understand and communicate how wildlife is faring and what we can do to help.

State of Nature report 2016


As conservationists, we want nature to be central to decision making, whether the decisions are being made by ourselves, by businesses or by government.  

For this to happen we all need to work together to provide simple and clear information about how our wildlife is faring, why and what we can do about it.  

This is the work of the State of Nature partnership, a grouping of over fifty nature conservation organisations which together have produced two reviews of the status of wildlife in the UK and its Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories.


  • To work together to assess the State of Nature in the UK, its Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories and to diagnose the causes of wildlife decline.
  • To demonstrate the breadth of ways we are all tackling wildlife declines by highlighting conservation projects big and small, run by all sorts of individuals, groups and organisations, which have benefited habitats and species.
  • To showcase the fantastic job the thousands of dedicated and expert volunteers do in gathering the data that makes up the State of Nature 2016 report.



  • May 2013 - publication of the first State of Nature report by 25 nature conservation organisations.
  • September 2016 - publication of the second State of Nature report by over fifty nature conservation organisations.

Planned Work

The partnership hopes to produce a third report in 2019, shortly in advance of the 2020 deadline for meeting the Aichi targets, key global biodiversity targets agreed under the Convention for Biological Diversity.

Before then we want to understand more about the impact conservation is having on wildlife and find out more about the health of our marine life


The latest report, published in 2016:

  • Reviewed how species’ populations have changed in the long-term (1970-2013) and the short-term (2002-2013) - In the long-term 56 per cent of nearly 4000 species assessed declined and 44 per cent increased; in the short-term 53 per cent of species decreased and 47 per cent increased.
  • Brought together modern Red List assessments showing that 13 per cent of nearly 8000 species assessed are at risk of extinction from GB.
  • Published the results of a review of the reasons why populations have changed - in the long-term the way we manage our farmland and climate change have had the greatest impact on other species.
  • Highlighted the richness of nature in the UKs Overseas Territories where an estimated 32,000 species live, including 1,557 that are found nowhere else.
  • Gave examples of how governments, charities, businesses, communities and individuals have worked together to bring nature back.


A Focus On Nature / A Rocha / Amphibian and Reptile Conservation / Association of Local Environmental Records Centres / Ballinderry Rivers Trust / Bat Conservation Ireland / Bat Conservation Trust / Biodiversity Ireland / Biological Records Centre / Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland / British Bryological Society / British Dragonfly Society / British Lichen Society / British Pteridological Society / British Trust for Ornithology / Buglife / Bumblebee Conservation Trust / Butterfly Conservation / Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council / Centre for Ecology & Hydrology / Centre for Environmental Data and Recording / Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management / Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland / Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust / Earthwatch / Freshwater Habitats Trust / Friends of the Earth / Froglife / Fungus Conservation Trust / iSpot / Jersey Government Department of the Environment / John Muir Trust / Mammal Society / Local Records Centres Wales / Manx BirdLife / Marine Biological Association / MARINELife / Marine Conservation Society / Marine Ecosystems Research Programme / National Biodiversity Data Centre / National Biodiversity Network / National Forum for Biological Recording / National Trust / National Trust for Scotland / Natural History Museum / Northern Ireland Bat Group / Northern Ireland Marine Task Force / ORCA / People’s Trust for Endangered Species / Plantlife / PREDICTS / Rothamsted Research / The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds / Scottish Badgers / Scottish Wildlife Trust / Shark Trust / States of Guernsey / Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science / Ulster Wildlife / University of Sheffield / Vincent Wildlife Trust / Whale and Dolphin Conservation / Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust / Wildlife Trusts / Woodland Trust / WWF / Zoological Society of London

Conference for Nature - Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough talking at the Conference for Nature on 3 September 2014

Opening remarks from Sir David Attenborough at the Conference for Nature on 3 September 2014.

Sir David Attenborough video screenshot


Coast on a stormy day

Dr Fiona Burns

Senior Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science
Coast on a stormy day

Prof Richard Gregory

Head of Monitoring, Conservation Science
Tagged with: Country: England Country: Northern Ireland Country: Scotland Country: Wales Habitat: Farmland Habitat: Grassland Habitat: Heathland Habitat: Marine and intertidal Habitat: Upland Habitat: Urban and suburban Habitat: Wetland Habitat: Woodland Project status: Ongoing Project types: Research