Landscape Opportunity and Ecosystem Services Mapping in the South West Peak

Project description: 

The Landscape Opportunity Mapping (LOM) project was commissioned by the South West Peak Landscape Partnership (SWPLP), to deliver an assessment of current and potential habitat opportunity and ecosystem services provision. The aim of the LOM project was to undertake habitat opportunity mapping of key habitats, and to map the supply (capacity) and demand (beneficiaries) of ecosystem services. This was done using EcoServ, a GIS toolkit, and bespoke modelling. 7 ecosystem services were mapped for 5 key habitats. The supply of all services was mapped, and the demand was only mapped where relevant, for water quality and flow, accessible nature and green travel. A workshop was held to share the information from the LOM project with key stakeholders.

Organisations involved: 

Natural Capital Solutions, South West Peak Landscape Partnership Scheme

Scale of project: 
South West Peak, Peak District National Park
Total area covered by project: 
426 (sq. km)
Special purposes of project: 
Map ecosystem services
What ecosystem service classification was used?: 

Ecosystem services were identified by the SWPLP as being of most important in the SWP.

Which ecosystem services were focused on?: 

  • Crops, livestock, fish
  • Drinking water
  • Food
  • Water supply
  • Carbon sequestration & storage
  • Climate regulation
  • Detoxification and purification in air, soils and water
  • Flood control
  • Hazard regulation
  • Pollution
Other ecosystem services included: 

Tranquillity; Accessible nature capacity; Green travel capacity

Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Freshwater, wetlands and floodplains
Mountains, moors and heaths
Semi-natural grasslands
Baseline data: 
Habitat or land cover
Human census
Infrastructure data
Land use data
Protected or designated areas data
Rivers data
Contact name: 
Dr. J.R. Rouquette
Contact job title: 
Director of Natural Capital Solutions
Natural Capital Solutions
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