Management of the Otmoor Protected Area, Oxfordshire; An Evaluation of Values, Impacts and the Application of the Ecosystem-Based Approach

Project description: 

This case study forms part of a suite of research projects commissioned by Defra which aim to assist in describing how an ecosystem approach could be incorporated into future environmental and cross-governmental policies. A major objective of this case study is to demonstrate a method for identifying, predicting and valuing the ecosystem services provided by the Otmoor Protected Area. Otmoor is dominated by agriculture and conservation management and is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and an Environmentally Sensitive Area (ESA). Four priority ecosystem services were identified within the Otmoor Protected Area: water purification and waste treatment; natural hazard and flood regulation; food; and recreational opportunity. Each ecosystem service was quantified and, where possible, an economic value was calculated. Site and ecosystem service specific methodologies were developed for the economic valuation component of this study. The project demonstrates approaches for identifying environmental policy objectives for a protected site that considers different stressors effecting the environment, and accounts for the views of multiple stakeholders.

Organisations involved: 

Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Defra

Scale of project: 
Otmoor Protected Area, Oxfordshire
Total area covered by project: 
11 (sq. km)
Special purposes of project: 
Map ecosystem services
Map economic values of ecosystem services
What ecosystem service classification was used?: 


Which ecosystem services were focused on?: 

  • Recreation/tourism
  • Crops, livestock, fish
  • Food
  • Detoxification and purification in air, soils and water
  • Flood control
  • Hazard regulation
  • Pollution
Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Enclosed farmland
Freshwater, wetlands and floodplains
Semi-natural grasslands
Baseline data: 
Habitat or land cover
Notes on sources of baseline data used: 

Structured Interviews; Data extrapolated from other studies

Contact name: 
Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, GL2 7BT
01453 891900