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

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