The groups are no longer active and information on this page is not current and is for reference purposes only.
The Wales Biodiversity Ecosystems Groups bring together habitat and relevant associated species interests at the Wales-level to provide an integrated, informed and independent overview of biodiversity and ecosystem conservation requirements. The Ecosystem & Species Expert Groups provide independent advice to Welsh Government, statutory authorities and others with management responsibilities that impact on biodiversity and strengthen the delivery mechanism between Wales-level ecosystem groups and LBAP partnerships/regional biodiversity groups.
The nine ecosystem groups have undertaken a mapping exercise of the priority habitat resource in Wales. The maps and the accompanying habitat synopsis provide partner organisations a mechanism to:
Prioritise action focusing on habitats/species in greatest need of management within each geographical area; Help identify key areas for large-scale projects; Provide a focus for drawing down external funding; Allows WBP Wales-level groups to concentrate on providing specific advice and assistance to LBAPs and WBP partner organizations on areas of national importance.
For detailed information relating to priority habitats in specific regions of Wales refer to the appropriate habitat category below.
The Nature Recovery Action Plan will focus on delivery of nature objectives in Wales. The Nature Recovery Action Implementation group will steer and drive the delivery at a national and local level. A series of specific task and finish groups will be established drawing on the expertise of the Wales’ Ecosystem and Species Expert Groups together with other working groups and the wider WBP membership.
The Biodiversity and Ecosystem Evidence and Research Needs (BEERN) Programme aims to identify and address biodiversity and ecosystem evidence and research needs that will deliver and impact on Welsh policy and delivery priorities, particularly those set out by the Nature Recovery Action Plan.
The programme engages with the research community in Wales and beyond, delivers new approaches and integrates with existing mechanisms to ensure good provision of evidence and advice to the Welsh Government, Natural Resources Wales, the broader environmental sector and others.
The programme takes forward, refreshes and strengthens the work of the WBP Evidence Gaps Project. We thank all those who contributed to the project.
A steering group oversees the implementation of the programme. Its members include Welsh Government, Natural Resources Wales, Cardiff University Sustainable Places Research Institute, Aberystwyth University, Bangor University, JNCC, Plantlife, RSPB, Wales Environment Link and the Wildlife Trust.
Natural Resources Wales have identified priority evidence needs relating to some of their marine biodiversity work. For further information please visit the NRW website. The document below outlines the projects that NRW consider to be of high priority, and where they wish to explore opportunities for collaborative working.
The Group comprises the chairs of the nine ecosystem groups, species expert group and invasive non-native group. The group meets bi-annually to exchange experience, best practice, discuss opportunities for joint-working, raise issues and agree actions for the relevant groups.
The group was chaired by Matthew Quinn, Director of Environment, Welsh Government
The WBP Species Expert Group acts as a single point of contact for any species and/ or species habitat queries from the Ecosystem Groups. It is made up of representatives from each of the main taxonomic groups (mammals, birds, herptiles, fish, invertebrates, vascular plants, lower plants), including statutory agency and environmental NGO specialists. The group has the following primary roles:
If you would like to submit a biodiversity-related or ecosystem approach evidence gap to this group please contact us
If your gap could be addressed through research activity/ a specific research project, please visit the Evidence Gaps Project page and click on the link 'Formulating Questions for Scientific Research'
Use the links below to access papers and minutes of previous WBP SG Meetings. If you require minutes and papers prior to SG 12 use the contact link
The UK BARS Partnership (Defra, Natural England, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage, Wales Biodiversity Partnership and Joint Nature Conservation Committee) has taken the difficult decision to discontinue support for BARS. Uptake of the system has been limited and it has failed to present a comprehensive picture of biodiversity action across the UK.
BARS closed at the end of November 2016.
Until BARS closes, users may run reports to summarise their actions and projects. All the data on the system will be archived in early December and each organisation will be offered a prepared download of their own data, including spatial locations. Organisation administrators will be sent details of how to download their archives after the system has closed.
For further information on the closure, see the BARS closure notice and information note.
Alternative reporting mechanisms are being explored and cases for use developed.
BARS development is supported by a UK partnership between DEFRA, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, and the Wales Biodiversity Partnership.
Environmental data is gathered in Wales by a wide range of bodies (including public, private and third sector organisations) and for a wide range of purposes. The Wales Environmental Information Forum (WEIF) was tasked with looking at data collection, flow and usage and produced a Data Sharing Charter outlining the approach in Wales. The Charter aims to ensure that any data collected is shared so that it is used to inform and benefit all parties with an interest in the environment of Wales. The Charter is the embodiment of the aspiration to collect data once, but to use it many times.
The group's second phase of work looked at reviewing and developing the biodiversity process to improve delivery of action on the ground so that Wales is able to meet international, European Union (EU) and Welsh biodiversity targets.
The group has now disbanded and the work has been taken on by the Wales Biodiversity Strategy Board.