Scotland’s biodiversity strategy indicators

A set of indicators lets us chart changes in Scotland’s biodiversity to review progress against the national biodiversity strategy aims.

We use a set of indicators that chart changes in Scotland’s biodiversity to see how well we’re progressing the aims of the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy (SBS). The original set was updated in 2013/14 to bring it into line with the SBS update, the 2020 Challenge for Scotland’s Biodiversity.

There are two groups of indicators:

  • state indicators measure changes in biodiversity for species, habitats and ecosystems selected as typical of Scotland
  • engagement indicators monitor how Scotland’s people interact with biodiversity through awareness, engagement or activity

Scottish Natural Heritage developed the indicators with:

  • Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
  • Marine Scotland
  • Forestry Commission Scotland