The Better Biodiversity Data project (BBD), led and managed by the NBN Trust and supported by NatureScot and The Scottish Government, commenced work in March 2023. It aims to develop the first steps in a strategic approach to the collection, collation and sharing of biological data across Scotland.

The 2-Year BBD project will support the ambitions of the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy, by securing access to the data needed to set targets and measure progress. A key ambition of the BBD project is to ensure that terrestrial, marine and freshwater dataflows in Scotland are clear and biodiversity data is accessible across all spheres.

The project is also addressing some of the key recommendations set out in the 2018 Scottish Biodiversity Information Forum (SBIF) Review, as well as those made in the 2022 Scottish Marine Biodiversity Data (SMBD) review. The BBD team will continue to work alongside the SBIF advisory group and other key partners through the BBD Project Group to address three key objectives: 

Objective One 

A nationwide partnership providing biodiversity data services on behalf of Scotland. 

Objective Two 

A fit-for-purpose Data Management and Digital Services System, providing financially sustainable value-added services to users. 

Objective Three 

A well-connected and functional biodiversity data community and infrastructure in Scotland, following FAIR and Open Data principles, across all sectors. 

More information

Find out more about the project and its importance for Scotland’s biodiversity by downloading the BBD leaflet.


This project is supported by NatureScot and the Scottish Government