Assessing the potential for mapping ecosystem services in England based on existing habitats

Project description: 

This project mapped ten ecosystem services at the England scale following a simple methodology derived from the National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA, 2011). The maps and methodology used the Centre of Ecology and Hydrology’s Landcover Map 2007 (LCM2007) as base data to describe the potential for areas to deliver individual ecosystem services. The maps are based on habitat maps as a proxy for service provision. Natural England is keen to explore the usefulness and perceived level of accuracy of simple approaches to ecosystem services mapping which do not require lengthy data collection or processing and could be made accessible to organisations wishing to adopt the ecosystem approach. This project included a case study on the use of the maps for South Downs National Park.

Organisations involved: 

Natural England

Scale of project: 
National
Location: 
England
Special purposes of project: 
Map ecosystem services
What ecosystem service classification was used?: 

UKNEA

Which ecosystem services were focused on?: 

Cultural
  • Aesthetic/inspiration
  • Education
  • Health and well-being
  • Recreation/tourism
  • Spiritual/religious
Provisioning
  • Crops, livestock, fish
  • Drinking water
  • Food
  • Trees, standing vegetation, peat
  • Water supply
Regulating
  • Climate regulation
  • Detoxification and purification in air, soils and water
  • Pollination
Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Coastal margins
Enclosed farmland
Freshwater, wetlands and floodplains
Marine
Mountains, moors and heaths
Urban
Woodland
Baseline data: 
Habitat or land cover
Contact name: 
Nick Dales
Organisation: 
Natural England
Address: 
Natural England, Lancaster House, Hampshire Court, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7YH
Phone: 
07920 592623