This document sets out Natural England’s view on Favourable Conservation Status (FCS) for reefs in England. Favourable Conservation Status is defined in terms of three parameters: natural range and distribution, area, and structure and function attributes.
Section 2 provides the summary definition of favourable conservation status in England. Section 3 covers contextual information, Section 4 the units used and Section 5 describes the evidence considered when defining FCS for each of the three parameters. Section 6 sets out the conclusions on favourable values for each of the three parameters. Annex 1 lists the references.
This document does not include any action planning, or describe actions, to achieve or maintain favourable conservation status. These will be presented separately, for example within strategy documents.