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UK Biodiversity Indicators 2019. Indicator D1c – Pollinating insects 2019

Corporate UK Biodiversity


These documents support response indicator: D1c. Pollinators. The documents include a fiche, datasheet and technical background document.

This indicator illustrates changes in pollinator distribution (bees and hoverflies) in the UK. The indicator is based on 365 species of pollinator (137 species of bee and 228 species of hoverfly), and measures change in the number of 1km grid squares across the UK in which they were recorded in any given year – this is referred to as the ‘occupancy index’. Many insect species are involved in pollination but bees and hoverflies are known to be important and are presented here as an indicator of overall pollinator trend.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2019·09·05

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK (2019). UK Biodiversity Indicators 2019.

The UK 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. Since then the indicators have been refined to improve their relevance/quality, and new indicators developed to fill gaps. In this version of the publication as many as possible of the indicators have been updated with new data. In some cases, however, development work is ongoing, and where this is the case, the work to develop them has been described briefly.

Responsible organisation
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 2019·09·05

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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