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UK Biodiversity Indicators 2021: Summary Booklet 2021


Summary of the 2021 update of the UK Biodiversity Indicators, published on 20 October 2021, revised 28 October 2021.

On 28 October 2021, indicator A4 was updated, leading to a revision of this compendium document.

Indicators are useful tools for summarising and communicating broad trends. The UK biodiversity indicators have a specific purpose for international reporting and are dependent on a wide variety of data, provided by government, research bodies, and the voluntary sector. In total, nearly 100 organisations are involved in their production. The presentation and assessment of the indicators has been verified by the data providers, and the production and editing of the indicators has been overseen by government statisticians.

The UK Biodiversity Indicators set comprises 24 indicators and 52 measures. In the 2021 publication, 18 indicators have been updated.

Please note that this document was republished in March 2022 following a minor amendment to the notes relating to the graph for indicator C9a (Animal genetic resources) to clarify the approach taken regarding the merging of cattle breed data.

For more information, and to access the latest updates, visit the UK Biodiversity Indicators webpage.

These resources may not be fully accessible for all users. If you need a copy of any of these resources in a different or more accessible format, please get in touch.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2021·10·28

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK. 2021. UK Biodiversity Indicators 2021.

The UK Biodiversity Indicators were first published in 2007. They were created to provide a measure for reporting on the UK’s progress towards meeting international biodiversity goals and targets. The indicators were comprehensively reviewed during 2011 and 2012 to ensure they continued to be based on the most robust and reliable available data, and remained relevant to the new international goals and targets developed in 2010 and 2011.

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Communications, JNCC distributor

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Released under the Open Government Licence v3.0. Attribution statement "Contains public sector information from Defra, licenced under the Open Government Licence v3.0"

Metadata date 2024·01·25

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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