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Biodiversity - BAP Species and Habitats

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Thursday, August 21, 2014

BAP Species and Habitats

Biodiversity refers to the variety of life.  In 1992, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity recognised the need to protect biodiversity. The UK was one of the 150 countries to sign up to the convention, and the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP) was published to develop strategies to protect biological diversity. The Scottish Biodiversity Forum is responsible for implementing the objectives of the UK BAP in Scotland.

Between 1995 and 1999, action plans were developed for 391 species in the UK that had been identified as priorities. 197 of these occur in Scotland.  In the 2008 assessment for Scotland, , 38% of the species were increasing or stable and 21% were in decline.  For the remainder of the species considered, 7% showed no clear trend, 32% had an unknown trend, 1 species (Wryneck) had been lost since the commencement of BAP in 1994, 2 had been lost pre BAP and 1 species (scurvy grass) was no longer considered a true species.

Between 1995 and 1999, action plans were also developed for 45 habitats in the UK, 39 of these occurred in Scotland.  As at 2008, of these 39, 15% of the habitats were increasing, 28% were considered stable and 33% were in decline. For the remainder, 23% had an unknown trend and for 1 habitat the trend was unclear.



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Source: Biodiversity Action Reporting System (BARS)


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