Encouraging signs on wildlife health
DECEMBER 3, 2008: Government indicators just published show encouraging signs for the health of England’s wildlife.
Theeight indicators cover public attitudes to biodiversity, nutrientlevels in rivers and lakes, salmon stocks and the abundance of speciessensitive to climate change.
For the six indicatorswhere there is sufficient data to make a judgement, all show upwardtrends, including an improvement since 2000 in the quality of riversand salmon stocks.
They also show an increase in the number of people volunteering for wildlife and visiting nature reserves and woodlands.
The eight indicators are:
- 1 Chicken coops - the dos and don’ts!
- 2 The benefits of the “no dig” bed system for veg growers
- 3 How to: create the perfect chicken run
- 4 McDonald’s UK and The Prince’s Countryside Fund invite farmers to get Ready for Change
- 5 Smallholding for Beginners part 4: identifying (tagging) your sheep and goats
- 6 One-in-million quintuplet lambs born at Hartpury
- 7 Proposed Hedgerow Carbon Code receives £81k funding
- 8 How to spot tomato blight and what to do about it
- 9 Food writers targeted in a bid to alter Brits’ large egg obsession
- 10 Trade body’s wasp warning for farmers
Headline Indicator : public attitudes to biodiversity;Changes in abundance of climate sensitive species; Public enjoyment of woodland in England; Number of visits to nature reserves in England;Volunteer time spent in biodiversity conservation and citizen science activity;Membership of biodiversity organisations in England;Nutrient levels in rivers and lakes in England; andWater and Wetlands Indicator W6: number of rivers in England with sustainable salmon stocks
All 51 indicators and previous assessments are available at: www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-countryside/biodiversity/indicator.htm