Carse of Stirling Ecosystem Services Project

Project description: 

In 2014, a group of local people and organisations worked together to develop a Vision and Action Plan for the future of land use in the Carse of Stirling. The Carse of Stirling Ecosystem Services Project brought together a stakeholder panel of local farmers, land managers and community representatives to consider the wide range of benefits that are derived from the land in the Carse of Stirling and how these can be developed and maximised in a balanced, integrated way. The project was commissioned by Scottish Natural Heritage and SEPA and was facilitated by a project team comprising LUC and STAR Development Group. The project aims to explore the usefulness of the idea of ecosystem services as a way of thinking about the range of benefits provided by an area, and how these may be affected by different types of future change. Understanding these benefits will help ensure that they are properly recognised and managed in the future. A series of maps were produced, exploring different ways of mapping the benefits provided by the Carse of Stirling. For each topic, the maps show information derived from published sources, technical analysis, and stakeholder feedback. Topics include: flood mitigation and water shortage; food; global climate; habitats and wildlife; recreation and tourism; scenic qualities and sense of place; soils, pollution & genetic resources; timber, wood fuel & renewables; community and education; and culture and history.

Organisations involved: 

Scottish Natural Heritage, SEPA, LUC, STAR Development Group, Local land managers, farmers and community representatives

Scale of project: 
Carse of Stirling, Scotland
Total area covered by project: 
120 (sq. km)
Special purposes of project: 
Map ecosystem services
Map economic values of ecosystem services
Map social/cultural values

Which ecosystem services were focused on?: 

  • Aesthetic/inspiration
  • Sense of place/heritage
  • Education
  • Recreation/tourism
  • Energy
  • Food
  • Trees, standing vegetation, peat
  • Wild species
  • Climate regulation
  • Detoxification and purification in air, soils and water
  • Flood control
  • Pollution
Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Enclosed farmland
Freshwater, wetlands and floodplains
Semi-natural grasslands
Baseline data: 
Habitat or land cover
Infrastructure data
Land use data
Protected or designated areas data
Contact name: 
Zoe Kemp
Scottish Natural Heritage
Silvan House, 3rd Floor East, 231 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, EH12 7AT
0131 3162600