Natural England shifts to ‘more rapid, less detailed’ environmental monitoring

Natural England has indicated it will use “more rapid, less detailed techniques at broader scales” for monitoring the natural environment, landscapes and their benefits as part of a new strategy that prioritises the efficient use of its resources.

The nature regulator, which has seen its budget cut by 47% since 2010, set out its vision for a “more integrated strategic monitoring programme” that would see different units share more data in order to cut down on the need for “bespoke survey activity”. 

“Better integration of monitoring methods and data across our projects and with external partners will help us make more use of the data society has paid for,” the strategy states. “Modern analytical approaches are key to helping us realise the advantages in applying a wider range of less bespoke data to specific areas of work.”

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