Hannah Mossman and Chris Panter, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia. Photocredits: David White, Helen Mossman, Chris Panter

Our audits and reports are available for download below:











First BBA Report 1 021210.pdf









The Broads


Biodiversity audit report.pdf









The Fens




















Fens Network


Fens mapping report.pdf Fens Biodiversity Audit report.pdf









J. Appl. Ecol. Oct 2012

Recent journal publications:


Biodiveristy Audits: J. Appl. Ecol


Modelling Biodiveristy: Landsc Urban Plan



News articles:

The Fens:

BBC News

Fens are rare wildlife 'hotspot', a new report finds

ITV News

Fens home to rarest species


The Broads:

BBC News

‘Broads are home to rare plants and animals’

‘Norfolk Broads home to a quarter of UK's rarest species’


‘Norfolk Broads are wildlife hot spot for rare species’



BBC News

Huge study of Breckland habitat reveals rare species

Radio 4’s Today programme:

East Anglia's biodiversity 'hotspot'


Where the wild things are: Brecklands

Evidence-base for conservation

Biodiversity Audit Approach

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.