Chair’s Introduction

JNCC Chair, Peter Bridgewater © Cathy Gardner/JNCC


Since our last issue we have had many notable activities, not least being the evening reception we hosted during the EU Green Week in Brussels in June. I am pleased to have had so much positive feedback from our event where we were delighted to play host to Mr Pavan Sukhdev, study leader for the EU’s project on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity. You are now able to hear Pavan’s engaging speech on JNCC’s first-ever podcast, available to download from our website at Look out for us bringing more social, economic and nature conservation-orientated issues to your iPod soon!  We will be trying to improve our communications and outreach during the coming months, using these ever more accessible techniques.



During Green Week I was able to meet with the Chairs of Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Countryside Council for Wales (the Chair for Northern Ireland’s Council for Nature Conservation and the Countryside was unable to be with us). We had wide-ranging discussions on how we could together improve the action and delivery of nature conservation across the UK and internationally – watch this space for changes and improvements in the future!


Committee enjoyed the hospitality of our colleagues at Scottish Natural Heritage in June, as Great Glen House in Inverness played host to our quarterly meeting. The mixture of networking and field trips in and amongst the desk-bound business I always find to be very productive for us all.


As promised last time, we have an update in this issue of developments following the public consultation on the marine sites selected as draft Species Areas of Conservation (SACs) under the Habitats Directive. I believe that JNCC’s role in ensuring a consistent UK approach to this work, bearing in mind the imperatives of the devolved administrations, demonstrates the important role we play across the entire spectrum of nature conservation, from rocks to genes!


You’ll find out more about GeoHAB 2008, an overseas marine conference where JNCC was able to share its habitat mapping expertise.  There’s also a report on the recent Overseas Territories conference on Réunion Island, as well as the IUCN UK Committee seminar for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Wildlife and Conservation, which took place in the House of Commons with Angela Smith MP as Chair.


We touch upon JNCC’s surveillance strategy – rapidly evolving and a centrepiece in our conservation efforts. You’ll also find background on some of our recent publications, including our Annual Report 2007-2008 and the latest edition of Seabird numbers and breeding success in Britain and Ireland.


As ever, we do appreciate questions and feedback on the issues and topics covered – if unsure, the email to use is 


Peter Bridgewater, Chair, JNCC