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.

Data Repatriation

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 contacts

Country specific contact information is provided below:

Country Contact email
England Joanne Keegan
Northern Ireland Aoibhinn Corrigan
Scotland Debbie Bassett
Wales Holly York