Beautiful sunrise as the MRV Scotia approaches Aberdeen © JNCC/MSS 2018

JNCC and Marine Scotland survey heads home

Survey #1218S returns to Aberdeen!

The MRV Scotia headed home after 26 days at sea. Farewell to the Faroe Shetland Sponge Belt and Rosemary Bank Seamount Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas, and Wyville Thomson Ridge Special Area of Conservation, in Scottish offshore waters. Catch-up with the crew's final blog and discover what they did on survey and what they found!

Autosub6000 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

Expedition represents important collaboration

Successful voyage delivers first-class science

JNCC and NOC scientists recently returned following a successful 3-week exploration on-board the RRS James Cook. The trialling of novel marine robots, including the UK's first 6000m rated underwater glider, gave scientists invaluable information on Greater Haig Fras and The Canyons Marine Protected Areas.

UK Biodiversity Indicators 2018

UK Biodiversity Indicators 2018

Progress towards the 2020 targets

Using data from nearly 100 organisations, including Government, research bodies and the voluntary sector.

Cross-leaved Heather Erica Tetralix © Natural England

SSSI Guidelines

Sites of Special Scientific Interest Guidelines Revised

JNCC is in the process of revising Guidelines for selection of biological SSSIs. A number of newly-revised Chapters have recently been published.

Sombrero Masked booby

Anguilla's first Ramsar site designated

Sombrero Island

Providing a home for a wonderful number of birds and lizards.

Willow Warbler ©Edmund Fellowes_BTO

The Breeding Bird Survey 2017

A northern powerhouse for UK songbirds

The BBS Report gives long-term trends for 117 common and widespread bird species, providing vital evidence to underpin the conservation of the UK’s birds.


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JNCC is keen to participate collaboratively, as a project partner or a coordinator, in EU and other joint projects. Everything from simple partnerships to multidisciplinary projects or networks of scientists and researchers across all science and technology fields related to the environment. more>>>

JNCC Offshore Survey Blog

As part of our statutory responsibility to recommend Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in UK offshore waters (beyond 12 nautical miles), JNCC gathers information to help support these recommendations; either by searching and retrieving existing information, or through collaborative or commissioned survey.


Annual Report and Accounts for the year ending 31 March 2018


During 2017/18, JNCC utilised our unique blend of skills and cost-effective working arrangements to fulfil our role as an impartial scientific authority on UK and international nature conservation. We provided evidence and advice on a wide range of topics to enable the four government administrations in the UK to meet their environmental priorities.



JNCC Strategy


The strategy sets out the direction and scope of JNCC more>>>

2017 JNCC Strategy


UK Biodiversity Framework

 The framework is designed to show how the work of the four UK countries joins up with work at a UK level to achieve the ‘Aichi targets’ and the aims of the EU biodiversity strategy. Read the framework

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