'Biodiversity News' – Issue 59
(29 October 2012)
The most recent edition (Autumn 2012) of 'Biodiversity
News' (PDF, 4.5Mb) was published on 29 October 2012.
Launch of the 'UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework'
(17 July 2012)
The UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework was launched
on 17 July 2012.
'Biodiversity News' – Issue 58
(10 July 2012)
The most recent edition (Summer 2012) of 'Biodiversity
News' (PDF, 2Mb) was published on 10 July 2012.
'Biodiversity News' – Issue 57
(12 June 2012)
The most recent edition (Spring 2012) of 'Biodiversity
News' (PDF, 4.6Mb) was published on 12 June 2012.
'Biodiversity News' – Issue 56
(7 March 2012)
The most recent edition (Winter 2012) of 'Biodiversity
News' (PDF, 9.3Mb) was published on 7 March 2012.
The identification of UK BAP priority rivers: generating a
spreadsheet of potential, or candidate, qualifying river water
(15 December 2011)
A background document, describing the criteria for identifying
potential UK BAP priority rivers, and a spreadsheet listing the
river water bodies identified, has been created by the Rivers
Steering Group. Further information can be found at
'Biodiversity News' – Issue 55
(10 November 2011)
The most recent edition (Autumn 2011) of 'Biodiversity
News' (PDF, 11.0Mb) was published on 10 November 2011.
Letter to UK HAP and SAP group chairs and lead partners
(8 November 2011)
A letter has been sent to all known HAP and SAP groups following
a meeting of the UK Standing Committee (UKSC) in May 2011,
which confirmed that the UK HAP and SAP groups are no longer
accountable at a UK level. UKSC acknowledged that the groups
could provide useful fora for the exchange of ideas and best
practice, but recommended that the organisations providing the
staff and resources for the groups need to take a view as to
whether the investment is still worthwhile. The UKSC also
emphasised that implementation of biodiversity policy is now a
devolved issue, and therefore any ongoing group needs to main
appropriate contact with each country's lead delivery body on
priority for action.
A copy of the letter is available here: Letter to HAPs and SAPS - 8
The River Macrophytes Database
The River Macrophytes Database (RMD) is now available on-line.
The JNCC River Macrophytes Database (RMD) is a Microsoft Access
database constructed to house data on the plant communities of
rivers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It includes data from
over 7000 survey sites and is the most comprehensive database of
its kind. Data have been collected from all over the UK between
1977 and the present day following the methods of Holmes et
For further information, go to: http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-5815
England Biodiversity Strategy – 'Biodiversity 2020: A strategy
for England's wildlife and ecosystem services'
(19 August 2011)
The England Biodiversity Strategy –
'Biodiversity 2020: A strategy for England's wildlife and ecosystem
services' was published on 19 August 2011. This new strategy
for England builds on the Natural Environment White Paper and
provides a picture of how England is implementing its international
and EU commitments.
'Biodiversity News' – Issue 54
(23 June 2011)
The most recent edition (Summer 2011) of 'Biodiversity
News' (PDF, 3.87Mb) was published on 23 June 2011.
The Natural Environment White Paper – 'The Natural
(7 June 2011)
Natural Environment White Paper – 'The Natural
Choice' was published in June 2011. This paper outlines the
Government's vision for the natural environment in England over the
next 40 years.
The UK National Ecosystem Assessment (UK NEA)
(2 June 2011)
The UK National Ecosystem Assessment (UK
NEA), was launched on 2 June 2011. It is the first analysis of
the UK's natural environment in terms of the benefits it
provides to society and continuing economic prosperity.
New EU Biodiversity Strategy launched
(3 May 2011)
Following on from the Convention on Biological Diversity
(CBD) conference in Nagoya, Japan, European Commissioners endorsed
EU Biodiversity Strategy, which was published on 3 May 2011.
With the title 'Our Life Insurance, Our Natural Captial: an EU
Biodiversity Strategy to 2020', the strategy has six priority
targets and 20 associated actions which address biodiversity
Scotland's first Land use Strategy
(17 March 2011)
Land Use Strategy was laid in Parliament on 17 March 2011.
Last updated on 14 August 2012.