Application of the EcoServ-GIS tool at a local scale, using Horsham as a case study

Project description: 

A case study demonstrating how outputs from the EcoServ-GIS tool can be used at a local scale to direct local planning, land management and habitat enhancement programmes in the Horsham area. As a result of these mapping activities, particular ecosystem services in Chesworth Farm, St Leonards Forest and Christ’s Hospital were enhanced and improved. The EcoServ-GIS tool was developed by Durham Wildlife Trust in 2013 to help map the multiple benefits provided by the natural environment.

Organisations involved: 

Arun and Rother Connections (ARC); Sussex Wildlife Trust; support from Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre; funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund

Scale of project: 
Horsham and surrounding areas
Special purposes of project: 
Map social/cultural values
Map health impacts
What ecosystem service classification was used?: 

CICES, Modified version

Which ecosystem services were focused on?: 

  • Education
  • Climate regulation
  • Detoxification and purification in air, soils and water
  • Noise regulation
  • Pollination
Other ecosystem services included: 

Accessible nature (cultural); Green travel

Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Freshwater, wetlands and floodplains
Mountains, moors and heaths
Contact name: 
Gareth Williams
Contact job title: 
Arun & Western Streams Catchment Co-ordinator
Arun and Rother Connections
07766 133660