Welcome to the Autumn edition of Nature News – and our
new-look electronic format,
linking you to the latest information on national and international
I’m delighted to be able to tell you that Defra have reappointed
me as Chair of JNCC for a further three years. The last three years
have seen many challenges for JNCC and there are certainly more to
be faced in the future. In particular, since the last
issue of Nature News, the Spending Review has taken
centre stage and will have a major impact on our priorities and the
way we work. Exactly what it means for JNCC will become clear
shortly. Despite the difficult circumstances, JNCC continues to
make solid progress across a broad front thanks to the efforts of
our staff and our partner organisations.
I was very pleased to present a keynote speech at the
International Conservation and Management of Rivers Conference held
in York in September. A similar conference was held 20 years ago
and much has changed in the UK and the world since then –
economically, politically, culturally and scientifically. Alas, the
problems seen for some river systems 20 years ago are magnified
now. And yet there are also good news stories about the
cleaning of rivers and return of species, especially fish.
The message is that we have more to do and must build on these
successes to try and manage our natural world in a better way.
“Big Society” is the phrase of the moment and JNCC is ahead of
the game having championed this approach to biological data
collection for the last decade. Extensive networks of volunteers
gather grassroots evidence which JNCC links together to create
snapshots of UK and global biodiversity. The approach is explained
in this edition’s citizen science feature.
UK seas have been in the headlines recently with the creation of
fifteen new Marine Protected Areas. We’re proud of our input into
this work and our involvement in the publication of
2, the largest and most comprehensive assessment ever
undertaken of animals and plants in UK waters and the pressures
that affect them.
Enjoy this e-edition and explore the links from these pages,
taking you to other useful information sources. Please feel free to
contact the relevant project managers about stories we’ve featured
this time around. And of course, if you would like to
, I’d be delighted to
hear from you!
Peter Bridgewater, Chair, JNCC
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