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Understanding the status, autecology and taxonomy of UK Biodiversity Action Plan Species (terrestrial invertebrates) - WC0786

Proposals are invited for research projects to address knowledge gaps which have been identified as a barrier to the delivery of conservation targets for UK Priority Species.
Tenderers have considerable flexibility to develop proposals to meet this broad aim, but specifically, the proposal should:
1. Address priorities identified by UK Biodiversity Action Plan working groups The proposal should clearly explain how the proposed research will contribute to these independently identified priorities in the spread sheet labelled ‘BRIG-BRAG workshop’. If the proposal addresses additional priorities that have been identified by other taxonomic experts in any of the UK countries, this should be clearly explained.
2. Increase the stock of knowledge for a selected group of organisms in one or more of these topics:
a. Status and trends in abundance and distribution
b. Taxonomy
c. Autecology
3. Involve collaboration with relevant National Schemes and Societies to make use of existing data and expertise and should include details of the named individuals to be involved. Partnerships between NSSs and Universities, Research Institutes or other bodies with research capabilities are likely to be favoured.
4. Support conservation action for UK priority species through the production and dissemination of guidance for conservation practitioners or taxonomists, or through the wide dissemination of data on abundance and distribution. The proposal should clearly explain how the research findings will contribute to the conservation of the relevant organisms.
It can be difficult for Defra to fund very small projects on individual species or habitats because of the need to demonstrate a sound scientific basis and the relatively high transaction costs. The aim of this competition is to develop a mechanism which allows established research contractors to play a significant role in filling this information gap by potentially grouping a number of small sub-projects within a larger funded project.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Defra Barcoding Bryophytes Final Report   (10031k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix 1 DNA barcoding samples and sequencing success   (264k)
• EXE - Executive Summary : Understanding the status, taxonomy and ecology of UK Biodiversity Action Plan Priority Species   (265k)
• OTH - Other : Policy Brief- DNA Barcoding of Bryophytes   (845k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2010

To: 2012

Cost: £97,125
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Hymettus Ltd
Fields of Study
Wildlife Conservation