Examining the Spatial Variation of Ecosystem Services on Agricultural Land in Leicestershire

Project description: 

This paper investigates how targeted landscape management can be used to maximise increases in ecosystem services whilst minimising potentially detrimental effects on agricultural ecosystems. Arable land produces significantly different services to both pasture and woodland and a clear trade-off between calorie production and water quality can be observed. Under future scenarios of land use change, cultivated goods are projected to increase calorific output at the expense of decreased water quality at the study site of Loddington Farm in Leicestershire. This paper suggests that targeted landscape management, making use of fine-scale ecosystem service maps, will help to achieve the desired increase in ecosystem services from policy implementation. This project focussed on three ecosystem services at the farm scale: biodiversity, cultivation and water quality.

Organisations involved: 

University of Southampton

Scale of project: 
Loddington Farm, Leicestershire
Total area covered by project: 
2 (sq. km)
Special purposes of project: 
Map ecosystem services

Which ecosystem services were focused on?: 

  • Crops, livestock, fish
  • Food
  • Wild species
  • Detoxification and purification in air, soils and water
Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Enclosed farmland
Freshwater, wetlands and floodplains
Semi-natural grasslands
Baseline data: 
Biological monitoring data
Habitat or land cover
Habitat quality and/or condition
Land use data
Rivers data
Contact name: 
Richard J. Stone
Contact job title: 
Author of Thesis
University of Southampton
Centre for Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ