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UK Biodiversity Indicators 2020. Indicator C7 – Plants of the wider countryside 2020

Corporate UK Biodiversity


These documents support state indicator C7 – Plants of the wider countryside. The documents include a datasheet and technical background document.

This indicator measures, in small plots, change in the abundance of plant species considered indicative of good habitat condition in the UK, using modelled abundance data from the National Plant Monitoring Scheme. Plant populations form the environment in which most other species exist, as well as providing numerous ecosystem services. Drivers of change are well-understood for many UK habitats.

This indicator is presented for 4 UK broad habitat types: Arable field margins; Lowland grassland; Broadleaved woodlands and hedges; and Bog and wet heath. Within each habitat, plant species abundance trends indicative of good condition, are averaged to provide an indication of the habitat’s current state.

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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