Natural Capital Management

CPD-level training for rural landowners, estate managers and their advisers

"Challenging and enlightening in equal measure, very good day." Archie Ruggles-Brise, Spains Hall Estate. Participant in the training course in Essex, July 2019

Upcoming course locations and dates

  • Wetheral (near Carlisle) on 29th January 2020. The Crown Hotel.
  • Taunton on 11th March 2020. The Castle Hotel.

Natural capital is a term used increasingly to refer to the ways the natural environment produces value for business and wider society. It reflects the idea that land can be managed so as to enhance ‘ecosystem services’ that arise from this natural capital. These services include the role of vegetation and soils in regulating flows of water and in storing carbon. Some of these services are of interest to businesses seeking to reduce costs, become resilient, or offset the impact of their operations. Other services, such as opportunities for recreation, may be regarded as public goods.

Rural professionals need to know the practical implications of the ‘natural capital approach’ now advocated by government. This one-day CPD level course is designed to equip rural landowners, estate managers and their advisers to formulate responses that make short- and long-term business sense.

Course content:

  • The public policy narrative and its incorporation into the planning system and a future Environmental Land Management Scheme
  • Techniques for valuing changes in the extent or condition of natural features
  • Tools for natural capital assessment at the estate level: asset registers, maps and accounts
  • Implications for business planning: participation in ecosystem service trading; implications for property value, access to finance and taxation

Learning objectives:

By participating, trainees will be able to:

  • Describe the benefits of the natural capital approach for the management of rural estates
  • Recognize the methods for economic valuation of changes in the extent or condition of natural features, so that you can engage valuation professionals effectively
  • Select appropriate methods for natural capital management assessment and mapping, and identify when and how to effectively engage third parties
  • Start engagement with the potential buyers of benefits from management of natural capital - government through agri-environment schemes and private sector, such as water utilities.
  • Identify realistic business opportunities associated with the natural capital approach.


  • Trainees will learn through presentations, group and individual exercises, plenary discussion


  • Charles Cowap MRICS FAAV worked at Harper Adams Agricultural College, then University, for many years and is well known for his work at the university and with the profession on CPD and new developments.  In recent years he has taken a special interest in the development of thinking and policy around ecosystem services and natural capital which has led to numerous conference presentations including the RICS National Rural Conference, and to authorship of several RICS publications on the matter.  Now retired from academia, he continues to work on a consultancy basis providing specialist CPD and advisory support to the practising profession.
  • Ian Dickie is a Director of eftec, the Economics for the Environment Consultancy. He is also a member of the Natural Capital Coalition Advisory Panel, a Director of the Aldersgate Group, a member of the ICAEW Sustainability Committee and a Fellow of the RSA.  He was an author of the Natural Capital Protocol and has directed natural capital accounting for the Duchy of Cornwall, London Boroughs, UK Water Industry and John Lewis Partnership. Ian was previously head of economics for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, whom he joined in April 2000.


Regular tickets: £275

A 20% discount is available for members of the following organisations (please state your membership number on your booking form):

  • RICS, CAAV, CLA, Institute of Agricultural Management, British Institute of Agricultural Consultants, Agricultural Law Association and Royal Agricultural Society

How to book

Wetheral (near Carlisle) 29th January

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Taunton, 11th March

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Booking terms and conditions

  • Refunds will be given for bookings cancelled up to 20 working days before the event, less an administration fee of £50.  After this date, no refunds will be given.
  • Names of delegates within any one organisation can be changed free of charge up to five working days before the course date.
  • In the event of one or other trainer not being available, an appropriate subsitute will be provided.