Status of UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) Species in Scotland: 2008
Status of UK BAP Species5
(based on 197 UK BAP priority species)
In 1994 the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP)6 was launched. The action plan aims to conserve and enhance the populations of species and habitats that are considered threatened in the UK.
Between 1995 and 1999, action plans were developed for 391 species in the UK7 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.8 For the remainder of the species considered, 7% showed no clear trend, 32% had an unknown trend, 1 species12 (Wryneck) had been lost since the commencement of BAP in 1994, 2 had been lost pre BAP and 1 (scurvy grass) was no longer considered a true species.
The Scottish Biodiversity Strategy, first published in 2004, sets out how Scotland plans to protect biodiversity in Scotland. Following the agreement of new targets under the UN's Convention on Biological Diversity in 20109 and the recent publication of a new European Biodiversity Strategy10 the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy has been refreshed11. Following the publication of the refreshed strategy in 2013 a Scottish Biodiversity List has been produced and will be reported on in future bulletins12.
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