A considerable range of monitoring schemes exist that provide data of potential use for assessing the effects of climate change on UK biodiversity. However, there is no current centralised collation or reporting structure in place for the provision of this information to policy-makers. Key monitoring data sets, covering a range of terrestrial and coastal taxa and habitats, have been brought together under BICCO-Net. Using a combination of statistical analysis and qualitative assessment, those species, communities and habitats that are most likely to be impacted by climate change in the UK will be identified. Additionally, BICCO-Net is where the latest published information on the impacts of climate change on UK biodiversity is available through climate change publications.
The BICCO-Net project brings together a range of expertise to address these issues through a co-ordinated approach. Some of the most comprehensive biodiversity monitoring data sets in the UK have contributed to the BICCO-Net database, covering a wide range of taxa, including aphids, bats, birds, butterflies, common plants, larger mammals, moths and trees. BICCO-Net will thus provide a comprehensive and powerful tool for assessing climate change impacts.
Output from BICCO-Net will inform the development of adaptation strategies by enabling an adaptive management approach, refining techniques in the light of emerging evidence. The findings of the project will thus have a significant influence on climate change adaptation policy and future strategies for monitoring climate change impacts.