This document sets out Natural England’s view on Favourable Conservation Status (FCS) for Great Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo in England. Favourable conservation status is defined in terms of three parameters: natural range and distribution; population; extent and quality of habitat necessary for long-term maintenance of populations.
Section 2 provides the summary definition of favourable conservation status in England. Section 3 covers contextual information, section 4 the metrics used and section 5 describes the evidence considered when defining favourable conservation status 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.