The AONB Management Plan includes 20 headline indicators which between them provide an insight into the environmental condition of the AONB. These indicators form a baseline for monitoring future trends in condition, and will be used to inform future management of the area. They range from biodiversity indicators such as the number of water voles to measures of visitor satisfaction on rights of way and the number of Scheduled Ancient Monuments at risk.
A State of the Chilterns Environment Report will be produced on an annual basis during the life of the current Management Plan, using data collected for the indicators, to provide an up-to-date picture of the state of the Chilterns. Download the latest report here:
2012 Report Conclusions
This is the fourth year of publishing the State of the Chilterns Environment report and useful trend data is starting to emerge.
There are inevitably important aspects of the state of the Chilterns environment that are not readily reduced to a series of indicators – for example climate change and tranquillity – which are nonetheless likely to have an increasingly significant bearing on the quality of the Chilterns environment. There are other changes looming – for example the impact of tree pests and diseases - which are not currently covered by the indicators but which need to be.
It is good to see improving trends across a number of indicators, including:
In other cases there are concerns about deteriorating trends or stalled progress, including:
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