Encouraging signs on wildlife health
PUBLISHED: 15:21 03 December 2008 | UPDATED: 08:29 28 March 2014
DECEMBER 3, 2008: Government indicators just published show encouraging signs for the health of England’s wildlife.
For the six indicators
where there is sufficient data to make a judgement, all show upward
trends, including an improvement since 2000 in the quality of rivers
and 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:
- 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; and
- Water 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