In line with the Labour Party manifesto commitment, DEFRA published revised targets for priority habitats and species under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP) in November 2006. They are available from the UK Biodiversity Action Plan website. The targets are shared among members of the UK Biodiversity Partnership. In England, we have built the new targets into our refreshed biodiversity strategy: ‘Working with the grain of nature—taking it forward’, also published in November.
Reporting on the UK BAP is on a three year cycle. The results of the most recent reporting round were published in June 2006. Overall, the proportion of species and habitats showing a positive trend is greater than the proportion for which the decline is continuing or accelerating. However, trends for some species and habitats continue to be a cause for concern.