This strategy was commissioned by Natural England’s Chief Scientist in 2018 to update and replace the 2013 Integrated Monitoring Strategy.
This document presents the 5 year strategy for Natural England investment in monitoring the natural environment and its benefits across England’s land and sea. It explains why we monitor, what we will monitor and how we will monitor. It goes on to describe a range of broader supporting services needed to deliver efficient, progressive monitoring and ensure the data we gather are used well. Natural England’s purpose is to ensure the natural environment is conserved, enhanced and managed for the benefit of present and future generations. We aim to recover nature and help create a sustainable relationship between people and nature. To achieve this it is vital that Natural England continues to be recognised, respected and trusted for its expertise, and the provision of impartial evidence-based advice on the natural environment locally and nationally.