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.
Find out about the background to the
Download the spreadsheet
Download latest version of the Conservation Designations
Spreadsheet (7.7 MB)
File name: Taxon_designations_20111020.zip
NB: the date last updated is included in the file title (eg
20050830 = 30/8/2005 and the file is zipped to facilitate
downloading. See details of the updating process to discover how this
spreadsheet differs from previous versions.
If you are not able to download or decompress ZIP archives
successfully you may wish to download the uncompressed version of
the conservation designations for UK taxa, but note this
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Spreadsheet contents and guidance for use
The spread sheet contains over 8000 “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
given designation. Please note, this is not a fully
comprehensive collation of designations for UK species, for
example, local red list assessments are not included, and for some
reporting categories only selected annexes/appendices/schedules are
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.
The most recent update was carried out in October
2011. The spreadsheet now includes the Northern Ireland
Priority Species list, OSPAR, an updated Global Red
List and the new UK Red List of Water Beetles. Further details
and 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. More
content will be added in future updates. Please let us know
if you find any errors, or if you would like to see any other lists
added to the compilation.
out more about the updating process.