BARS is the UK's Biodiversity Action Plan reporting system. It includes national, local and company Biodiversity Action Plans (BAPs) and the Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans of all four countries.
If you have a BARS username and password, login now to access the online data entry application or to generate reports tailored to your organisation or partnership.
If you do not have a BARS username, you can still access most of the information in BARS. Use the menus at the top of this page to learn about progress with Biodiversity Action Plans and country Biodiversity Strategies, the status of BAP species and habitats, or click on the map to find out about conservation action happening in your local area. Alternatively, click here for a more detailed description of the information available in BARS.
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The big BARS switchover
We have been developing a new, sleeker BARS to better meet
the needs of the biodiversity community. We can now confirm that the old system
(you are looking at now) will be frozen at midday
on Wednesday 14th March.
From that point it will no longer be possible to either add new data
to the BARS database or edit data
already within it. You will still be able to view data held in BARS
in the normal way and all the existing reporting will continue to function..
We strongly recommend that you take any opportunity before the freeze to
review your existing data in BARS to:
- Ensure the current system reflects a true picture of the current status
and progress of your work, and,
- Take steps where you can to match it to the new data standard to ensure
your actions become functional in the new system.
In summary, in order for an action in the current system to be accepted and
function in the new system it must have:
- A single spatial location
- Be focussed on a single biodiversity feature
(i.e. one habitat or species)
- A lead organisation/individual
- A start date
- An amount and units (e.g. 10 hectares, or 3 instances)
Guidance on setting a spatial
location is available here. Other aspects of
editing data can be found in the help guides on the BARS website. For
and units, see the action goals section of the adding
and editing actions guidance.
Well formed actions will be imported into the new BARS system. We will
also transfer actions that don’t
have sufficient detail across to the new system as candidate actions, whereever
possible. Candidate actions
will not be functional
in the new system. However, they will be available for individuals
linked to their owning organisations to amend. Actions with no associated organisation
will not be transferred to the new system as either functional or
We recommend that you make what changes you can prior to the switchover.
This will also be your last opportunity to add status and trend updates
for habitats and species that you work or lead on. All existing
status and trend
The new BARS system will become available during April 2012. After this
you will be able to add and continue to manage your biodiversity
system. The gap between freezing input into the old system and
launch of the new one is to allow us to transfer as much data
database to the new system before it goes live.
If you need any further advice or find a link that no longer works please donít hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interactive Biodiversity Action Mapping
The new BARS system will include detailed mapping. The link below goes
to an early prototype that gives you an idea of how
the mapping will function. The final version will have
View actions on the new Biodiversity Action MapsBARS