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Appendix 2: 2020 Biodiversity Indicators

The Government's Biodiversity 2020 indicators set targets for biodiversity to be achieved by 2020. Defra's first assessment of the progress against the indicators showed improvement against 13 measures, deteriorations against 13 measures and little or no change in 11 (12 measures were in development or had insufficient data).


i.  SSSIs in favourable condition

ii.  Percentage of UK habitats of European importance in favourable or improving conservation status

iii.  Change in status of priority species

iv.  Breeding farmland birds

v.  Butterflies of the wider countryside on farmland

vi.  Plant diversity—neutral grassland and boundary habitats

vii.  Butterflies of the wider countryside in woodland

viii.  Breeding water and wetlands birds

ix.  Conservation volunteering

x.  Public sector expenditure on biodiversity

xi.  Terrestrial species

xii.  Freshwater species

xiii.  Marine species

Little or no change

i.  Extent of protected areas on land

ii.  Bat populations

iii.  Woodland birds

iv.  Plant diversity-woodlands and hedgerows

v.  Wintering waterbirds

vi.  Breeding seabirds

vii.  Native sheep breeds

viii.  Proportion of population visiting the natural environment several times a week

ix.  Area affected by nitrogen deposition

x.  Proportion of rivers classified as 'high' or 'good' status for biological status in the WFD

xi.  Percentage of woodland certified as sustainably managed


i.  Extent of protected areas at sea

ii.  Local sites under positive management

iii.  Percentage of UK species of European importance in favourable or improving conversation status

iv.  Plant diversity—enclosed farmland

v.  Marine ecosystem integrity (size of fish in North Sea)

vi.  Native cattle breeds

vii.  Cumulative Enrichment Index

viii.  Area affected by Sulphur (acidity)

ix.  Marine pollution: combined input of hazardous substances

x.  Targeted agri-environment schemes

xi.  Entry-level agri-environment schemes

xii.  Uptake of priority ELS options

xiii.  Percentage of fish stocks harvested sustainably

Measures in development or insufficient data

i.  Extent of priority habitats

ii.  Condition of priority habitats

iii.  Broadleaved mixed and yew woodland

iv.  Neutral grassland

v.  Historical pipistrelle bat populations

vi.  Biodiversity and ecosystem services: terrestrial habitats

vii.  Biodiversity and ecosystem services: species

viii.  Proportion of households undertaking wildlife gardening

ix.  Integrating biodiversity considerations into local decision making

x.  Global impacts of UK consumption

xi.  Timing of biological events—Spring Index

xii.  Biodiversity data and information for decision making

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