To help investigate the three main questions in the BESS science strategy, four consortia were established, each looking at a different landscape and habitats. The landscapes served as a platform on which many researchers could engage, including people not funded directly by BESS and from other programmes. The platforms also succeeded in attracting future research funding. One of the consortia (DURESS) finished in late 2015, the remaining three completed their work in April 2017.
F3UES - Urban Landscapes
Fragments, Functions, Flows and Urban Ecosystem Services looked at the scaling of biodiversity and ecosystem services in urban ecosystems.
CBESS - Saltmarshes and Mudflats
CBESS addressed the question 'What role does biodiversity play in ecosystem processes and ecosystem service provision of UK saltmarsh and mudflat habitats?'
Wessex-BESS - Lowland Agricultural Landscapes
The Wessex-BESS Consortium focussed on understanding how biodiversity underpins the ecosystem functions and services provided by lowland areas.
DURESS - Upland Rivers
Diversity of Upland Rivers for Ecosystem Service Sustainability focussed on upland Wales and investigated how organisms and ecosystem functions maintain river ecosystem services.