Publications and Reports

The main use of data gathered from surveillance schemes is for broad scale reporting at a UK level (see Assessments and Reports). The four UK countries also use the data for country-level reporting, for country indices and state of the environment reporting. In addition to this broad scale reporting, several taxon-level reports are also generated, which incorporate results from several schemes.


The Publications Catalogue provides publications on specific taxa, that JNCC have supported:

Much of JNCC’s taxon specific work is published in the JNCC Report Series.

Links to reports specific to a monitoring scheme are highlighted in the surveillance scheme pages for relevent taxa.



The state of the UK’s birds, 2017

Produced by the RSPB, in partnership with BTO, JNCC, WWT, and the country conservation agencies.  The State of the UK’s birds (SUKB) report contains results from annual, periodic and one-off surveys and studies. It draws on many sources of information to give an up-to-date overview of the status of bird populations in the UK and its Overseas Territories.

Download from the RSPB website, or BTO website.

Birds of Conservation Concern 4, 2015

The last review of the status of UK birds took place in 2015.

The report can be downloaded from the BTO website or WWT website.

Bird Trends: Trends in numbers and demography for UK breeding birds, 2013

The latest in a report series produced under the BTO's partnership with the JNCC (on behalf of the country conservation bodies), as part of its programme of research into nature conservation.  It covers the majority of UK breeding birds (117 species in total), but excludes (with a few exceptions) colonial seabirds, which are well covered by the JNCC's Seabird Monitoring Programme, and the rare species that are included in the reports of the Rare Breeding Birds Panel.
The report provides a species-by-species overview of the trends in breeding population and reproductive success of birds covered by BTO monitoring schemes, at the UK or UK-country scale.  The main emphasis is on trends in the abundance and demography of individual species.
The report provides warning alerts to JNCC and Country Agencies (and other conservation bodies) about worrying declines in population size or reproductive success, with special reference to species on the UK red and amber lists. The data on abundance trends also provides the basis for multi-species indicators of bird population changes, for UK and country-level Indicators which track the UK's progress towards international targets set by the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Access from the BTO website.

Waterbird Population Estimates (Fifth Edition, 2012)


This publication, from Wetlands International, sets the global standard in presenting estimates of the numbers and trends of waterbird populations throughout the world. Developed in support of the Ramsar Convention, and used for the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) under the Bonn Convention, it lists population estimates for biogeographical populations of waterbirds, along with 1% thresholds and population trend information. The compilation draws on many sources of data, including the International Waterbird Census (IWC), which itself draws on the Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) for UK data.
The estimates and thresholds presented have been adopted for statutory use by JNCC and the Country Agencies. For ease of interpretation we provide a list of international populations and 1% thresholds for Great Britain and Ireland.
JNCC supports the work of Wetlands International and supported the publication of the fifth edition of Waterbird Population Estimates.

Download from Wetlands International website.


Population Estimates of birds in Great Britain and the United Kingdom, 2013


Population estimates are collated periodically in a single source document by the Avian Population Estimates Panel, which is a group of experts from key organisations in the UK that are involved in producing population estimates. The APEP list is used for statutory purposes and national 1% threshold values are derived from it according to rules agreed by the Statutory Conservation Agencies.


Published in British Birds 106 in 2013, this is the most recent collation of national population estimates. 



Invasive alien predator causes rapid declines of European ladybirds, 2012


A study, supported with funding from JNCC, has been published by the  Centre of Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) which provides evidence of the impact of invasive ‘harlequin’ ladybirds (Harmonia axyridis) on populations of native ladybirds.  Using data from Britain, Belgium and Switzerland, the study provides strong evidence for a causal link between the arrival of invasive alien species and a subsequent loss of native biodiversity. 

Lead author, Dr Helen Roy of the UK’s Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, said, “This study provides strong evidence of a link between the arrival of the Harlequin ladybird and declines in other species of ladybird, a result that would not have been possible without the participation of so many members of the public gathering ladybird records across Britain, Belgium and Switzerland.”

CEH press release

Centre of Ecology & Hydrology website

The full paper "Invasive alien predator causes rapid declines of native European ladybirds", available via Diversity and Distributions. DOI 10.1111/j.1472-4642.2012.00883.x



First atlas of Ladybirds of Britian and Ireland, 2011


The atlas contains a detailed analysis of ladybird observations from the last twenty years, and describes the distribution of ladybirds in Britain, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, using data collated through the Biological Records Centre Coccinellidae Recording Scheme (including the UK Ladybird Survey) since 1964.

There are 47 species of Coccinellidae resident in Britain and Ireland.  The atlas results show that ten ladybird species have significantly declined in this period, whilst five have increased. Distribution maps are provided for each species together with a wide range of supplementary information covering recording techniques, species identification, ladybird parasites, historical aspects, and 194 colour photographs.

CEH store


Atlas of the Hoverflies of Great Britain (Diptera, Syrphidae), 2011


Following on from the Hoverfly Recording Scheme provisional atlas published in 2000, this atlas was produced to mark the 6th International Symposium on the Syrphidae in Glasgow, including all of the available data on British hoverflies and a more comprehensive picture of hoverfly distribution.  The new atlas includes a variety of analyses that have not been previously presented.

This draft of the atlas is not available for purchase, but updated distribution maps are available from the Hoverfly Recording Scheme website (part of the Dipterist's Forum), and a more polished version of the atlas is intended for publication by CEH in 2020.


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