Ecosystem service assessment in Bridgend's Local Biodiversity Action Plan

Project description: 

Bridgend’s Local Biodiversity Action Plan (2014) contains maps and assessments of key ecosystem services for habitats (Landscape Character Areas) and urban areas of Bridgend, South Wales. It sets out to map and quantify the biodiversity and underlying ecosystem services of Bridgend, and provides recommendations for how these services can be enhanced to increase their value to society. In 2010, the Bridgend County Council, Countryside Council for Wales and Environment Systems developed and applied SCCAN: National Resource Planning Support System. SCCAN brings together information on a wide range of ecosystem services, allowing users to weigh up, and set priorities for, the many competing demands that are placed on natural resources. The maps produced from this project are included in the Action Plan and can be used to show where maximum value can be gained from taking action.

Organisations involved: 

Bridgend County Borough Council, Environment Systems, Countryside Council for Wales, Natural Resources Wales

Scale of project: 
Bridgend County, Wales
Total area covered by project: 
246 (sq. km)
Special purposes of project: 
Map ecosystem services
What ecosystem service classification was used?: 


Which ecosystem services were focused on?: 

  • Aesthetic/inspiration
  • Sense of place/heritage
  • Recreation/tourism
  • Crops, livestock, fish
  • Drinking water
  • Energy
  • Fibre
  • Food
  • Trees, standing vegetation, peat
  • Water supply
  • Detoxification and purification in air, soils and water
  • Erosion control
  • Flood control
  • Hazard regulation
  • Pollination
Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Coastal margins
Enclosed farmland
Freshwater, wetlands and floodplains
Mountains, moors and heaths
Baseline data: 
Admin boundaries
Habitat or land cover
Human census
Infrastructure data
Land use data
Protected or designated areas data
Rivers data
Environment Systems
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