Mapping Natural Capital Project: Natural England natural capital maps

Project description: 

This project provides publicly available maps of natural capital, underpinning the provision of ecosystem services. It builds on Natural England’s mapping of ecosystem services based on broad habitats, presented in the report Assessing the potential for mapping ecosystem services in England based on existing habitats. The Natural England report provides ten ecosystem service maps at an England level. The maps are based on broad habitats and expert opinion (from the UK National Ecosystem Assessment). This Mapping Natural Capital Project builds on this suite of maps using additional datasets. The inclusion of maps related to soils complements the maps based on broad habitats in the Natural England report. The new and updated maps from this project have been produced at a 1km resolution through statistical interpretation and extrapolation from a range of sample data.

Organisations involved: 

Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), Natural England

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

UKNEA. Ten aspects of natural capital were mapped, as recognised in UKNEA, 2011. These support ecosystem services.

Which ecosystem services were focused on?: 

  • Aesthetic/inspiration
  • Crops, livestock, fish
  • Drinking water
  • Energy
  • Fibre
  • Food
  • Trees, standing vegetation, peat
  • Water supply
  • Climate regulation
  • Detoxification and purification in air, soils and water
  • Erosion control
  • Pollination
Other ecosystem services included: 

10 aspects of natural capital were mapped: Soil carbon; Soil nitrogen; Soil pH; Soil phosphorus; Soil bacteria; Soil invertebrates; Headwater stream quality; Carbon in vegetation; Nectar plant diversity for bees; Plant indicators for habitats in good condition

Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Enclosed farmland
Freshwater, wetlands and floodplains
Mountains, moors and heaths
Baseline data: 
Biological monitoring data
Habitat or land cover
Rivers data
Contact name: 
Jane Lusardi
Contact job title: 
Ecosystem Approach and Natural Capital, Senior Specialist
Natural England
Natural England, Murley Moss, Oxenholme Road, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 7RL
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