Applications of surveillance evidence

JNCC do not only coordinate surveillance schemes, we also determine the best ways to use available data sets to answer new ecological questions that come to light. Surveillance and monitoring provide data for a diverse range of analyses, to answer cross-sectoral questions.


Damage produced by Phytophthora@Forestry Commission


Using surveillance to monitor plant health

Surveillance schemes contribute information on host distributions for plants susceptible to diseases, such as Ash dieback and Phytophthora species.



Pond Dipping - Killiechonate © Ian Strachan


Using environmental DNA to detect Great Crested Newts

Testing water samples for eDNA has been found to be an effective method to detect Great Crested newt presence.



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Detailed Habitat Mapping using Earth Observation

EO based techniques are effective for filling gaps in mapping the location and extent of a range of habitats, including those with dynamic environments.



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Developing a spatial framework for analysing ecosystem services

Recent work on habitat surveillance using earth observation has facilitated the production of a spatial framework for mapping ecosystem services.



BBS Volunteers surveying their sites © Mark Collier, BTO


Effective use of opportunistic data

A paper has been published by the Centre of Ecology and Hydrology analysing the most effective methods for reducing bias in opportunistic data- creating new possibilities for reliably using it to establish trends.




Monitoring Ecosystem Impacts for the revised National Emissions Ceilings Directive

Reviewing the current monitoring schemes which include measurements of air pollutants to establish their effectiveness in detecting impacts.


GM crops and biodiversity

Existing environmental surveillance networks have been used to establish the impact of GM crops on biodiversity.


Impacts of Nitrogen on Vegetation

Analysing existing broadscale vegetation datasets in order to investigate the impact of nitrogen deposition.