Building the evidence base for the future


JNCC has long been known for its partnerships to deliver biodiversity data; our partners include the Biological Records Centre at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, British Trust for Ornithology, Bat Conservation Trust and Butterfly Conservation.  However, these partnerships are just the tip of the iceberg.  Biodiversity surveillance is a large and complex area, with many organisations providing a very wide range of data and information.  Similarly, accessing policy-relevant evidence can also be complex, with a single piece of policy advice likely to need complementary data from a range of surveillance programmes.


JNCC has produced a strategy for terrestrial biodiversity surveillance that sets all of the complexity into a framework allowing both an analysis of evidence needs and a review of surveillance coverage.  Results from this work can be found at, the surveillance and monitoring section of the website, including all of the work that has been completed on the strategy so far.  The strategy will help biodiversity surveillance become a central component of the UK Environmental Observation Framework (EOF), which has recently been launched, and which considers surveillance of the whole of the environment; JNCC is a key partner in UK-EOF.


Key components of the strategy work are:

  • an easy-to-use database of existing biodiversity surveillance programmes and their results;
  • an analysis of policy needs and how this relates to current coverage;
  • a design tool for selecting the appropriate scale of surveillance;
  • a set of documented examples of using the strategy in decision-making; and
  • an analysis of gaps in current surveillance. 


This work will eventually ensure that policy advice is based on the best available biodiversity evidence, and that UK biodiversity surveillance remains relevant for the future.


Lawrence Way

Programme Leader Surveillance and Monitoring

Tel: +44 (0) 1733 866860