Hannah Mossman and Chris Panter, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia. Photocredits: David White, Helen Mossman, Chris Panter
Conservation generally lacks robust quantified evidence as to; what biodiversity is present, what we should be focusing our efforts on and whether our conservation activity is efficient at conserving the true biodiversity priorities.
We have developed an innovative methodology, the Biodiversity Audit Approach, to:
1) quantify the biodiversity of a region - generally an order of magnitude greater than previously recognised,
2) identify priorities for conservation,
3) synthesise requirements across diverse taxa to give habitat based prescriptions that deliver conditions for multiple priority species
4) summarise the relative importance of different management groups within a region
5) map the distribution of species groups requiring different management.
Further details of our approach are available on the other pages of this website.
We have conducted Biodiversity Audits at regional and landscape scales in the Fens, Breckland and the Broads and are keen to apply this approach more widely.