Environmental Stewardship and the delivery of ecosystem services that support agricultural production

Project description: 

This project produced a review of the ecosystem services provided by Environmental Stewardship (ES), the main agri-environmental scheme in England. It is particularly concerned with those services that are of benefit to agricultural (especially crop) production, thus supporting the Defra departmental priority of supporting British farming and encouraging sustainable food production. It focused on 4 ecosystem services within the agricultural environment: pest regulation, genetic resources, pollination, and nutrient and climate regulation in soils. Scores were given to management options from Environmental Stewardship (ES) for each of the four services, based on expert opinion. These scores were then applied to map service provision by Environmental Stewardship across England based on the quantity of ES options within 5km grid cells.

Organisations involved: 

Food and Environment Research Agency, Natural England

Scale of project: 
Total area covered by project: 
130400 (sq. km)
Special purposes of project: 
Map ecosystem services
What ecosystem service classification was used?: 

Expert opinion on ecosystem service provision from Environmental Stewardship options

Which ecosystem services were focused on?: 

  • Detoxification and purification in air, soils and water
  • Disease and pest regulation
  • Pollination
Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Enclosed farmland
Baseline data: 
Land use data
Contact name: 
Andrew Crowe
Contact job title: 
Senior Land Use Change Scientist
Food and Environment Research Agency
Sand Hutton, York, YO41 1LZ
01904 462791