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The topic covers biodiversity indicators and other wildlife statistics.

Publications

Biodiversity indicators in your pocket
Department: Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
This publication includes an introduction to and overview of the set of indicators.
Expenditure on Biodiversity
Department: Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Two indicators are presented: -UK Government expenditure on UK biodiversity -UK Government expenditure on global biodiversity
Key Scottish Environment Statistics
Department: Scottish Government
Summary statistics for a wide range of environmental topics and main "drivers". These include electricity generation, road traffic, population and households.
Sustainable Development indicators
Department: Office for National Statistics
These indicators provide an overview of progress toward a sustainable economy, society and environment. Published alongside the headline and supplementary indicators are assessments of change, both short and long term.
Wild bird population indicators for the English Regions
Department: Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Provides figures for bird populations in the English regions, covering farmland, woodland and all native birds.

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Overview

A wide range of statistics on wildlife are available from a variety of agencies and non-governmental bodies.  Some of these have been developed into official indicators of biodiversity, including for the UK Biodiversity Indicators and the England Biodiversity Strategy Indicators. Bird populations in particular are used as a key way of assessing trends in the state of wildlife.

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Technical Data

A wide range of statistics on wildlife are available from a variety of agencies and non-governmental bodies.  Some of these have been developed into official indicators of biodiversity, including for the UK Biodiversity Indicators and the England Biodiversity Strategy Indicators. Bird populations in particular are used as a key way of assessing trends in the state of wildlife.

Wildlife statistics include:

  • priority species and habitats

  • scarce and threatened native species

  • population of wild birds

  • mammals

  • butterfly populations

  • moth populations

  • amphibians and reptiles

  • flowering plants and ferns

Data are available from the Defra website.

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Glossary

  • Biodiversity

    The total range of the variety of life on earth or in any given part of it.

  • Phocid distemper virus

    Belongs to the group of viruses known as morbilliviruses, which includes human measles. The phocid distemper virus is distinctly different from others in the group in that it appears to affect only seals. This virus causes high mortality rates, particularly for common seals.

  • Springtails

    Primitive wingless insects of the order collembolla.

  • Thermal imaging camera

    Highly sensitive infra-red detecting camera used successfully to carry out surveys of seal populations at landing sites.

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Contact Details

For statistical enquiries about this topic, please contact:

Stephen Hall

Email: sdindicators@defra.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7238 4694

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