Biodiversity Action Reporting System (BARS)
Closed 30th November 2016
The UK BARS partnership (Defra, Natural England, Northern
Ireland Environment Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage, Wales
Biodiversity Partnership, and Joint Nature Conservation Committee)
took the difficult decision to discontinue support for BARS.
Uptake of the system was limited and it failed to present a
comprehensive picture of biodiversity action across the UK.
BARS closed at the end of November 2016.
BARS was originally created to support the UK Biodiversity
Action Plan (UKBAP) and allowed organisations, companies and
partnerships to manage and share their own Biodiversity Action
Plans. The UKBAP closed in 2011 and the last version of BARS
was launched in April 2012 to collate biodiversity actions in a
standardised form and capture geographic locations – enabling
spatial analysis and reporting of activity.
The Biodiversity Action Plans and the need to report action data
were no longer in place in England and Scotland. Significant data
often only came from where it has been a condition of grant funded
activity. Collating information on habitat outcomes, tracking
progress and informing local delivery and decision-making remain
critical for all countries, and alternative techniques and systems
are being pursued within each of the countries.
All data supplied to BARS was archived securely by JNCC.
In addition, all organisations will be offered an extract of
their own action and project data (including spatial locations) to
download and reuse in their own systems. Organisation
Administrators will be contacted directly with a download link.
These organisational data downloads will be available online from
JNCC until the end of the financial year (March 2017).
Country specific contact information is provided below: