UK Indicators

Sustainable Forest Management Indicator 2010

A set of Sustainable Forest Management Indicators 2010 was first published on 24 June 2010, based on the indicators for State of Europe's Forests 2011

UK indicators of Sustainable Forestry

The Forestry Commission, in association with the Forest Service (Northern Ireland) published "UK Indicators of Sustainable Forestry" on 31 October 2002. The 40 indicators cover a wide range of aspects of sustainable forestry in the UK. Updated information is available on this website, grouped under six themes:

Condition of forest and environment
Timber and other forest products
People and forests
Economic aspects

The indicators were developed through two rounds of consultation in 2001 and 2002. Where possible, the publication includes statistics for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as for the UK as a whole.

UK Indicators of Sustainable Development

A range of sustainable development indicators are published by Defra, available in Measuring progress: Sustainable development indicators 2010.  These include woodland birds as part of an indicator of bird populations and total woodland area as part of an indicator of land use.  A new set of indicators are currently under development.

The previous Quality of Life Counts indicators of sustainable development were published in 1999.  One of the 15 headline indicators used as a 'quality of life barometer' includes an index of woodland birds.  These were supported by a core set of 147 indicators, updated in 2004, which included three indicators for forestry in the UK – total area of woodland, area of ancient semi-natural woodland, and certified woodland area as an indicator of forest management.


There are links between the development of indicators, monitoring at forest management unit level for the UK Forestry Standard, and certification standards such as the UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS).