Northern Ireland Natural Capital Rural Study: A review of the wider economic value of selected farm systems in Northern Ireland

Project description: 

This report presents the findings of an assessment undertaken to examine the ecosystem services provided by the agri-environment within a number of farming systems in Northern Ireland. From this assessment, the baseline value of the goods and services of three farming systems is determined. Three farms were assessed based on the stock and flow of services from the natural assets upon which livestock are reared. The total combination of the value of the three farms assessed is £78 million per annum (non-discounted) based on 2016 data. This report outlines a number of recommendations for enhancing natural capital assets on farm systems and progressing natural capital policy.

Organisations involved: 

Northern Ireland Environment Link; Interserve Consulting

Scale of project: 
Antrim Hills; Greenmount Campus, Antrim, Northern Ireland
Total area covered by project: 
13 (sq. km)
Special purposes of project: 
Create accounts

Which ecosystem services were focused on?: 

  • Aesthetic/inspiration
  • Education
  • Health and well-being
  • Recreation/tourism
  • Crops, livestock, fish
  • Food
  • Carbon sequestration & storage
  • Climate regulation
  • Detoxification and purification in air, soils and water
  • Disease and pest regulation
  • Flood control
  • Hazard regulation
  • Pollination
Other ecosystem services included: 

Biodiversity and habitat provision (regulating)

Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Enclosed farmland
Freshwater, wetlands and floodplains
Mountains, moors and heaths
Semi-natural grasslands