Biodiversity Data Update for the National Trust

Helping the National Trust manage their sites

TVERC recently completed the third in a series of biodiversity data audits for the National Trust (NT).  This project is a collaboration between the NT and TVERC on behalf of the London and South-East Records Centre group (LaSER). The NT required TVERC to collaborate with participating LaSER members to collate biodiversity data to continue informing NT’s work on its national strategy ‘Playing Our Part’.

TVERC collated data from eight Local Environmental Records Centres (LERCs) covering the South East region of England and consolidated information on priority species, non-statutory designated sites and priority habitats within a 1km radius of all properties managed by the NT. A total of 240 NT sites were assessed and found the following:

  • A total of 729,354 records were found for species with a conservation designation within 1km of NT sites. These were recorded across a broad timescale, with the oldest record being from 1597 and the most recent recorded in 2019.
  • There are 2,880 non-statutory designated sites within 1km of NT sites.
  • There are a total of 27 priority habitat types found within 1km of the assessed sites which cover 17,689ha.

This is a great example of how the large quantity and broad range of local biodiversity data held by LERCs can be used regionally to make better informed decisions about our environment.

Posted: November 12, 2019