D5: Conservation status of our native species

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Short description

This indicator will track changes in the national (GB) extinction risk faced by terrestrial, freshwater and marine species using the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List categories and criteria. The Red-listing process classifies each species into one of 10 categories including Least Concern, Near Threatened, Vulnerable, Endangered, Critically Endangered and Regionally Extinct. A simple Red List index will be constructed to summarise the changes in numbers of species between each category over time.

This indicator is not available for reporting in 2021. However, baseline assessment data for approximately 10,000 species are already available, including those for Mammals, Birds, many Invertebrate groups, Vascular Plants, Lichens, Bryophytes and some Fungi. Assessments for several thousand more species are currently underway to increase the diversity of species in the baseline and the Indicator. Further development work is also underway, exploring the sensitivity of the index to such factors as the real rates of change across categories under various policy scenarios and the frequency with which assessments are repeated/updated. Data on the extinction risk faced by individual species in GB are published on the JNCC website, whilst information on the derivation of a Red List Index is available on the IUCN website. Available data on changes in abundance and distribution of native species are presented in indicators D4 Relative abundance and/or distribution of widespread species, D6 Relative abundance and/or distribution of priority species and D7 Species supporting ecosystem functions.

This table provides metadata for the interim or final indicator presented above.

Indicator name

Conservation status of our native species

Indicator reference


Outcome Indicator Framework theme


Headline indicator status

Wildlife and wild places

Relevant goal(s) in the 25 Year Environment Plan
  • Thriving plants and wildlife
Relevant target(s) in the 25 Year Environment Plan
  • Taking action to recover threatened, iconic or economically important species of animals, plants and fungi, and where possible to prevent human induced extinction or loss of known threatened species in England and the Overseas Territories
Position in the natural capital framework
  • Condition of assets - species and ecological communities
Related reporting commitments
  • Contributes to reporting under the Habitats and Species Conservation Regulation 2017, which meets our commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity
  • Relevant to Sustainable Development Goal 15 (Life on land)
Geographic scope

Great Britain

Status of indicator development

In development

Date last updated

11 June 2021