Last week, the latest UK Biodiversity Indicators were published. Did you see the government press release about them? Did you hear Defra ministers quizzed about them on every news bulletin through the day?
Some biodiveristy indices are going up despite the general loss of wildlife in our lives. There are more plants ‘protected’ in seed banks now;
And native breeds are now more numerous too;
And there are more invasive non-native species milling around these days too;
Overall, it is of course, a mixed bag. And that’s why these indicators should be published annually so that we can have a glance at what is going well and what is not going so well. But there’s only a certain point in publishing them if they generate a discussion, in public, and hopefully in the media and in politics.
It seems to me that the lack of examination of these indicators is a sad reflection of th fact that apparently no-on is interested in what is going well and badly in the biodiversity world. government isn’t bragging about its achievements, NGOs aren’t pointing any fingers, the Opposition is probably worried about how they might look if they ever get a go at being in charge of them and the media haven’t really got many environment correspondents who are going to spend the time actually figuring out what a graph means. Poor show everyone, poor show.