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Successful launch of UK results

November 2008

The UK results from Countryside Survey in 2007 were published on November 18th during a high profile launch event at the Royal Horticultural Society, London. The event was chaired by Edmund Wallis, Chairman of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and featured an opening address by Environment Minister Hilary Benn, who stressed the importance of Countryside Survey in underpinning Government policy:

UK results from the 2007 Survey: launch date 18th November

October 2008

 The UK results from Countryside Survey in 2007 are to be published on 18th November. The results will be made publicly available via the project website in the form of an electronic report. A launch event is also being held in London on the same day, involving keynote speeches, presentations, demonstration sessions and other activities designed to help communicate the cutting-edge findings delivered by the project (please note: attendance at the launch event is by invitation only).

Countryside Survey contributes to ‘State of the Natural Environment’ report

May 2008

Natural England has recently published its ‘State of the Natural Environment 2008’ report, which for the first time brings together evidence about the current state of our natural environment and how it underpins our wellbeing and prosperity. By integrating this evidence, Natural England aims to provide an up-to-date resource for informing policies, priorities and decisions that may effect the natural environment. The report is intended for high-level strategic use, thereby complimenting the more detailed and scientific information provided by Countryside Survey.

Top skills of Freshwaters team recognised

February 2008

Three Countryside Survey researchers have recently been awarded the prestigious freshwater macroinvertebrate species-level Identification Qualification (IdQs).
Tracy Corbin, Dr. James Pretty and Helen Vincent, who are all Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) staff, exceeded the challenging 90% pass rate, whilst Tracy achieved a perfect 100%. All three are currently identifying animals sampled from headwater streams across Britain as part of last summer’s Countryside Survey.

Land Cover Map - field reconnaissance completed and analysis underway

February 2008

The team behind the Land Cover Map (LCM), which forms one of the two main strands of Countryside Survey, has successfully completed its fieldwork and is now pressing on with data processing and analysis. The resulting dataset will be a world-leading product showing the stock and distribution of land cover and Broad Habitats* across the UK at a ‘field-by-field’ scale (features larger than 0.5 ha, or 50m square).