Natural England - Evidence Register

Evidence Register

This register gives an overview of Natural England’s evidence programme, which continues to evolve as we complete work and respond to changing requirements. This version was published in March 2014. The next edition of the register is due to be published in September 2014.

For links to details of evidence projects see below: Evidence projects by type | Evidence-based programmes | Evidence projects by designation |Evidence available. An Excel spreadsheet with details of current and completed projects can be downloaded from our Publications and products catalogueexternal link. For information about our evidence strategy and how we identify our evidence needs see Evidence.

Current evidence projects

This section of the register contains information on projects we are currently working on. They can be viewed by project type, by programme or by designation. Projects that form part of a programme will appear under the programme and under the type. Projects will also appear under a designation if they relate to, or are located on, one or more of the designations listed below. Note, projects are not included in the register until work starts.

Evidence projects by type

  • Monitoring projects: our monitoring projects help gather evidence on the state of the natural environment and the way that people engage with it; the impact of interventions on the natural environment and how we shape our future interventions to secure the best impact.

  • Research projects : our research generates evidence related to our outcomes, or develops and designs approaches to improve our evidence gathering. With limited funding available for research, we must ensure that we target it at our priority evidence needs, working in partnerships and supporting academic research including PhDs. We support PhDs 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 with Natural England funding.

  • Evaluation projects: these projects use information from both monitoring and research to determine the significance and impact of activities that we carry out or support.

  • Evidence Review Programme: this part of the Evidence Programme helps us to identify the strength and extent of available evidence which informs the advice we give.

Evidence-based programmes

  • Species Recovery Programme: through this programme we work with a range of partners to help conserve, and reverse the declines of, some of our most threatened wildlife.  
  • Environmental Stewardship Programmes: the Environmental Stewardship Evidence Programme is managed by Defra and Natural England to evaluate scheme delivery, inform scheme development and fulfil reporting requirements.

  • Marine Programme : our core marine programme focuses on designating, monitoring and managing Marine Protected Areas, as well as delivering our work on wider marine biodiversity.

  • Integrated Site Assessment Programme: an integrated programme to monitor the condition of Sites of Special Scientific Interest and the success of Higher Level Stewardship agreements.

  • Long-term Monitoring Network: is one of the ways that Natural England will understand the effects of climate change, air pollution and land management on the natural environment.

Evidence projects by designation

We need evidence to designate new sites and to manage and assess the condition of existing designated sites. The lists below provide information on some of the projects that generate the evidence we need to support our work in these areas.

Evidence available

The links below provide details of some of the evidence generated by our projects. Where the evidence has been published online there will be an active link. If you would like further information on evidence that does not have an active link please email with details of the information you require and include the project ID number. Also see our Publications and products catalogueexternal link , Maps and Data for other evidence-based information.

We welcome feedback and suggestions on how we can improve this register. Please email