5th UK Biodiversity Indicators Forum

9:30-17:00, 8 March 2011, Defra, London


Following on from the presentations, delegates were split into three groups (workshops) to discuss three specific areas identified through the preliminary assessments as requiring further development. These areas were:


(1) Footprinting - What is the impact of the UK's activities elsewhere? (led by Tony Weighell, JNCC)

Background document

Presentation (PDF, 1Mb)

(2) Climate Change - can we measure the impact on biodiversity? (led by David Roy, CEH)

Background document

Presentation (PDF, 833kb)

(3) Volunteering/public awareness - how can we improve our measurements of engagement with biodiversity? (led by Stephen Hall, Defra)

Background document

Presentation (PDF, 338kb)


Participants were asked to focus on 6 questions:

  1. Are there existing indicators (including in other countries) which should be considered?
  2. If so, how would they score using the quality framework used for the indicators review?
  3. What data exist at a UK?GB scale (either directly or by aggregation from country datasets)?
  4. If UK data, can it be disaggregated to produce separate indicators for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (or just some of these, and if so, which)?
  5. Are there possibilities to integrate different sources of data to produce a viable indicator at UK or country scales?
  6. Are there monitoring schemes which could be adapted to provide appropriate data from which an indicator could be built?


Summaries of the discussions held can be found in the BIF5 draft meeting report (PDF, 146kb).