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UK Biodiversity Indicators 2023. Indicator B7: Surface water status 2023


Updated 14 November 2023.

These documents support state indicator B7 – Surface water status. The documents include a datasheet.

This indicator shows the percentage of surface water bodies in each status classification (high, good, moderate, poor, bad), and assesses the change in the percentage of water bodies in the UK awarded a good or high surface water status classification under the WFD. Around 10,000 water body assessments are included in the indicator each year; including rivers, canals, lakes, estuaries and coastal waters.

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.

More information on UK Biodiversity Indicator B7 is available on the UKBI B7 webpage.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2023·11·14

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK. 2023 UK Biodiversity Indicators 2023.

The UK Biodiversity Indicators were created to provide a measure for reporting on the UK’s progress towards meeting international biodiversity goals and targets and were first published in 2007.

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Metadata date 2024·01·25

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