Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire
EcoServ-GIS was used to map where green networks within the Cumbernauld Living Landscape benefit the local population, and where these benefits are most needed . A map of greenspaces was overlaid with built environment data (housing, roads, schools etc.) and matched against local population characteristics (e.g. Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation). Nine benefits were modelled and multi-functional management zone maps were created at regional scale (the Living Landscape) and at 3 local sites.
- Cumbernauld Glen: Native woodland delivered carbon storage and helped to regulate noise near housing and roads. Woodland near allotments was predicted to be important for pollinators and proximity to people meant that it was a key resource for recreation, outdoor education and as a green route to schools and town. The management priority is to maintain or enhance these benefits.
- Carbrain: Few needs were met in this deprived area and there was limited opportunity to provide services due to the small number of amenity grassland greenspaces. Priorities were to increase carbon storage and local climate regulation by converting amenity grassland to woodland, planting trees and adding green roofs where possible.
- Town Centre: Lowest multifunctional score due to limited greenspaces. Management priorities are to improve existing habitats where possible to help with air purification, carbon storage and climate regulation, e.g. adding tree cover and greening walkways. The maps are being used in the Green Routes Feasibility Project to improve the green network and to help integrate it into a development of 600 new homes.
South West Peak (England)
The Landscape Opportunity Mapping project was commissioned by the South West Peak Landscape Partnership inform their application for Heritage Lottery Landscape Partnership funding. EcoServ (& bespoke modelling) was used to map habitat opportunity and the supply and demand (beneficiaries) of ecosystem services (carbon storage, water flow/quality, food production, tranquillity, accessible nature, green travel), to answer a specific set of questions. A map of average provision of 6 ecosystem services was also created .
Nene Valley (Northamptonshire and Peterborough)
The Nene Valley Nature Improvement Area Project was a government (Defra) funded landscape-scale nature conservation initiative. EcoServ was used to create a detailed land-use and habitat basemap across the 1690 km2 area and high resolution maps of supply and (where possible) demand for air purification, carbon storage, water flow and quality, local climate and noise regulation, pollination, agricultural production, tranquillity, accessible nature and green travel. The maps highlight the importance of woodlands and the River Nene corridor for delivering multiple ecosystem services, and are being used as evidence in the planning system, to identify suitable locations for investment and management, and to engage with stakeholders .
South Downs National Park, Brighton & Hove , Durham Biodiversity Action Plan [37,38]