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UK Biodiversity Indicators 2019. Indicator C2 – Habitat connectivity 2019

Corporate UK Biodiversity


These documents support response indicator: C2. Habitat connectivity. The documents include a fiche and datasheet.

Connectivity is a measure of the relative ease with which typical species can move through the landscape between patches of habitat. Habitat loss and fragmentation can reduce the size of populations and hinder the movement of individuals between increasingly isolated populations, threatening their long-term viability.

This indicator illustrates changes in functional connectivity – the ability of species to move between resource patches – of 33 butterfly and 29 woodland bird species in the UK. The indicator is based on a measure of population synchrony, which is the level of correlation in time-series of population growth rates from different monitoring sites. Quantifying functional connectivity will allow more targeted landscape conservation management to help reduce the risk of species extinction.

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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