C3. Status of European habitats and species

C3b. Status of UK species of European importance

 

Type: State Indicator

 

Indicator Description

Member States of the European Union are required to report every six years on the conservation status of habitats and species listed on the annexes of the Habitats Directive.  Each assessment needs to conclude whether the species is in one of the following states: Favourable, Unfavourable-Inadequate, Unfavourable-Bad or Unknown.  The indicator is based on an evaluation of whether the results are better or worse in 2013 than in 2007.

Summary

 

No new data since the previous publication.

In 2007, 26% of UK species listed on Annexes II, IV or V of the Habitats Directive were in favourable conservation status, increasing to 39% in 2013.

The conservation status of 18% of species was improving in 2007, decreasing to 10% in 2013. 

The conservation status of 13% of the species was declining in 2007, increasing to 15% in 2013.

 

Figure C3bi.  Percentage of UK species of European importance in improving or declining conservation status in 2007 and 2013.

 

Figure C3bi. Percentage of UK species of European importance

Notes:

  1. The number of species assessed was 89 in 2007, and 93 in 2013.
  2. The chart is based on species listed on Annexes II, IV and V of the Habitats Directive, but excluding vagrants.
  3. The aim of the Habitats Directive is to achieve favourable conservation status for the species and habitats listed in its Annexes.  An assessment of status and trends for each species and habitat is undertaken every six years.  Trends in unfavourable conservation status allow identification of whether progress is being made, as it will take many years for some habitats and species to reach favourable conservation status.

Source: UK Habitats Directive (Article 17) reports 2007 and 2013.

 

Assessment of change in status of UK species of European importance

Long term*

Short term

Latest year

Percentage of UK species of European importance in favourable or improving conservation status

2010 indicator - insufficient or no comparable data

2010 indicator improving 
2007–2013

Increased (2013)

*A long-term assessment is not made as the data do not go back more than 10 years.

 

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Last updated:  October 2013

Latest data: 2013