Biodiversity Action Reporting System (BARS)
The UK BARS Partnership (Defra, Natural England, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage, Wales Biodiversity Partnership and Joint Nature Conservation Committee) has taken the difficult decision to discontinue support for BARS. Uptake of the system has been limited and it has failed to present a comprehensive picture of biodiversity action across the UK.
BARS will close at the end of November 2016.
Until BARS closes, users may run reports to summarise their actions and projects. All the data on the system will be archived in early December and each organisation will be offered a prepared download of their own data, including spatial locations. Organisation administrators will be sent details of how to download their archives after the system has closed.
For further information on the closure, see the BARS closure notice and information note.
Alternative reporting mechanisms are being explored and cases for use developed. To help with this process a short survey focused on reporting of biodiversity action in Wales and features of BARS is underway. The survey can be completed here www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/T6HJXW7
The BARS Partnership
BARS development is supported by a UK partnership between DEFRA, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, and the Wales Biodiversity Partnership.