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UK Biodiversity Indicators 2020. Indicator C6 – Insects of the wider countryside (butterflies) 2020

Corporate UK Biodiversity


These documents support state indicator C6 – Insects of the wider countryside (butterflies). The documents include a datasheet and technical background document.

This indicator consists of 2 measures of annual butterfly population abundance: the first for habitat specialist butterflies (species strongly associated with semi-natural habitats such as chalk downland) and the second for more widespread butterflies found in both semi-natural habitats and the wider countryside.

Butterflies are complementary to birds and bats as an indicator, especially the habitat specialists, because they use resources in the landscape at a much finer spatial scale than either of these groups.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2020·10·15

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK (2020). UK Biodiversity Indicators 2020.

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.

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 2020·10·15

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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