Land Use Framework Maps for the Scottish Borders

Project description: 

A set of indicative maps has been produced that show the stock of ‘natural capital’ the Scottish Borders may currently provide through existing land use. The maps demonstrate opportunities where ecosystem services could be extended, and locations where multiple benefits from ecosystem services could be generated. Potential constraints and interactions with existing land use, primarily agriculture, is also identified. Benefit, opportunity, interaction and natural capital maps have been created for four ecosystem services: natural flood management; improved water quality; enhanced soil carbon; and enhanced biodiversity. The maps are intended to be used by landowners making applications under the Scottish Rural Development Programme, as well as for use by local communities and in evaluating ecological networks.

Organisations involved: 

Scottish Borders Council, Environment Systems

Scale of project: 
Scottish Borders
Total area covered by project: 
4731 (sq. km)
Special purposes of project: 
Map ecosystem services
Map economic values of ecosystem services
Create accounts
What ecosystem service classification was used?: 

Four ecosystem services were selected to map

Which ecosystem services were focused on?: 

  • Carbon sequestration & storage
  • Detoxification and purification in air, soils and water
  • Flood control
  • Hazard regulation
Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Enclosed farmland
Freshwater, wetlands and floodplains
Mountains, moors and heaths
Baseline data: 
Biological monitoring data
Habitat or land cover
Land use data
Contact name: 
Dr Katie Medcalf
Contact job title: 
Lead Mapping Consultant
Environment Systems
01970 626688