Conservation Designations for UK Taxa
Over the past thirty years, numerous lists of conservation
status have been produced: Red Lists, Biodiversity Action Plan
Priority Lists, species listed on European Directives, species
listed on the Schedules of the Wildlife & Countryside Act,
together with lists of rare and scarce species. There is
considerable overlap between these and some species appear on
several of them. For example, the otter Lutra lutra, and
the marsh saxifrage Saxifraga hirculus have as many as six
“badges". JNCC has attempted to collate many of the current lists
into one place and make this available to users as a downloadable
spreadsheet of species designations.
Download the spreadsheet
Download the latest version of the Conservation
Designations Spreadsheet (4.1 MB).
- File name: Taxon_designations_20160511.zip. NB: the
date last updated is included in the file title (eg 20160511 =
11/05/2016 and the file is zipped to facilitate
- A full list of updates carried out since the
Conservation Designations spreadsheet was first published is
available to view.
- We do not claim that these lists are fully comprehensive, for
example, it does not incorporate all of the marine species "badges"
or all Schedules in The Wildlife and Countryside Act. Local
Red List assessments are not included, and for some reporting
categories only selected annexes/appendices/schedules have been
- JNCC will incorporate updates and corrections as necessary. If
a source list, for example a red data book, has been reviewed in
whole or in part, JNCC has had to decide whether or not to archive
some or all of the content of the previous list. This has not
always been straightforward, particularly in the case of some of
the invertebrate red listings where some, but not all of the
previously published list, have been reviewed and the status of the
review is regarded by many as being "provisional". Nevertheless, we
wanted to avoid the confusing situation where, for example, a
species was listed as being "vulnerable" on one listing and
"critically endangered" on another listing with the same
Spreadsheet contents and guidance for use
The spreadsheet contains over 12000 "taxa" that have been
assigned some form of rarity, threat or legal status in Great
Britain or the UK. Note that we refer to "taxa" rather than
"species" in this context because many of the entities on the list
are sub-species, i.e. conservation priority action has been
identified for a given sub-species but not the species as a whole).
The spreadsheet can be searched to find which designations a
particular taxon has, or to find out which UK taxa are listed for a
The spreadsheet contains several worksheets. The most important
being the "Master List". In effect the Master list is really a
collation of different lists combined into the same data structure,
with each row being distinguished by a unique combination of "taxa"
and designation. Thus a taxon with 10 designations will be
represented by ten rows on the Master list.
At a broad level the Master list comprises three categories of
For a full explanation of what the spreadsheet contains and how
best to use it please look at the spreadsheet guidance.