National Statistics

England biodiversity indicators

Biodiversity 2020: A strategy for England’s wildlife and ecosystem services.


Assessing indicators

5. Farmland species

6. Woodland species

7. Wetland species

8. Seabirds

12a. Animal genetic resources

12b. Plant genetic resources

15. Funding for biodiversity

16. Local decision making

17. Sustainable consumption

19. Pollution: air and marine

21. Surface water status

22. Agri-environment and forestry

23. Sustainable fisheries

Technical Background - sustainable fisheries

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This publication provides a detailed statistical update of 24 indicators that give an overview of biodiversity in England. The publication measures progress in the delivery of goals and objectives outlined in Biodiversity 2020 published by the government in 2011.

Biodiversity is the variety of all life on Earth. It includes all species of animals and plants, and the natural systems that support them. Biodiversity matters because it supports the vital benefits we get from the natural environment. It contributes to our economy, our health and wellbeing, and it enriches our lives.

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The datasets associated with this publication can be found here ENV09 - England biodiversity indicators

Defra statistics: environment

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Published 29 May 2012
Last updated 15 October 2020 + show all updates
  1. 2020 assessment published

  2. Revisions to various indicators.

  3. One sentence of text and two links removed, as per instructions from the responsible statistician.

  4. Annual update.

  5. Annual update.

  6. Latest scheduled update as to progress of biodiversity indicators meeting goals and objectives published by the government for 2020.

  7. Update: Indicator C9a: Animal Genetic Resources was corrected and updated 30 November 2016

  8. New biodiversity indicators published

  9. Publication of the England biodiversity indicators delayed until 19 January 2016 due to statistical reasons.

  10. some minor corrections and amendments to the release and indicator 5

  11. Technical background papers updated.

  12. New biodiversity indicators published for 2014.

  13. Revised publication and annexes and addition of updated background technical papers

  14. 2013 edition

  15. First published.