Natural England’s views and actions are based on the best available evidence and analysis. This page presents our current evidence projects and explains how and why we use evidence.
Natural England’s current research and monitoring projects, designed to meet our priority evidence needs, are described in the Live Evidence Register. This second edition of the register was finalised summer 2010.
We support PhDs, often in partnership with Research Councils, both for the intrinsic value of the work itself and for the opportunities they provide to help develop the next generation of scientists. PhD projects
Explore our evidence base to find out more about the natural environment body of evidence.
Our Technical Publications page provides information on the different categories of research and evidence publications.
Take a look at our report which shows how we developed our evidence base in 2009/10 and see how our evidence and analysis can help you.
As an environmental delivery organisation, we rely on regularly updated monitoring and surveillance information. Monitoring helps us measure the impact of our work, while surveillance is carried out to assess the state of and trends in the natural environment.
We also commission research to generate new evidence where it is needed. For example, to help us better understand the changes that we are seeing in our natural environment or to assist the development of solutions that can be applied to address environmental problems.
The demands on our evidence base are huge, reflecting the breadth and complexity of our remit. Examples of Natural England activities that rely on sound evidence include:
Designing agri-environment options such as the new Uplands Entry Level Stewardship Scheme.
Providing advice on complex casework such as for major planning proposals like the Severn Barrage.
Developing authoritative reports on the State of the Natural Environment to inform policies and decisions both internally and externally.
Our Evidence Programme is planned and reviewed on an annual basis as part of the wider process that defines Natural England’s Corporate Plan. Within that process we gather feedback from Defra, our sponsor department, and from stakeholders. Steering this planning process, our Board also consider our specific evidence priorities each year (see 2010/11 Board paper Evidence and Analysis Priorities for Natural England 2010/11 ).
At a more detailed level, our plans are informed by our ongoing engagement with a range of stakeholders, many of whom work with us in partnership on a range of projects.
Our framework for Science, Research and Evidence is set out in Natural England Research Report NERR011