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England biodiversity strategy

Our approach to conserving biodiversity in England is set out in ‘Working with the grain of nature: a biodiversity strategy for England’ (PDF 2MB).  It sets out the following five UK priorities that are relevant to England.

Protecting the best sites for wildlife

Learn what is being done to protect sites.

Promoting the recovery of declining species and habitats

The framework document ‘Securing Biodiversity’ sets out  how conservation of priority species and habitats will be delivered in England.

The list of species and habitats of principal importance in England is set out in section 41 of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006.

Find out more about how priority species are protected and managed. Natural England is the lead delivery body charged with this work.

Embedding biodiversity in all sectors of policy and decision-making

The England Biodiversity Strategy has a number of implementation groups, each aiming to ensure that biodiversity is considered in other policy areas.  The groups cover agriculture, water, woodland and forestry, marine, coast and urban sectors as well as cross-cutting issues on climate change adaptation, education and public understanding, local and regional action, economics and funding, and engaging with the business community.  The ongoing progress of these groups can be found on the Biodiversity Action Plan Reporting System (BARS).

Enthusing people

If we want people to take action to conserve biodiversity, it is important that they understand why it is important and also what they can do to help.  The Muck-in 4 life campaign, which encourages people of all ages to take part in practical conservation activities, is one way in which we are aiming to do this.

Developing the evidence base

We measure the ongoing progress of the strategy through a set of biodiversity indictors.

A full report on the progress under the England Biodiversity strategy 2002-2006 volume 1 (PDF 2.4 MB, large file size) and volume 2 (PDF 5.79 MB, very large file size) was published in 2007.

Our work is also informed by evidence from many sources, both scientific and socio-economic.  Find out more on research and evidence commissioned by Defra.

Page last modified: 30 March 2010
Page published: 23 October 2008