Reconnecting the Culm project, Devon: Valuing Ecosystem Services

Project description: 

This case study uses a value transfer methodology to assess the costs and benefits of possible changes in ecosystem services provided by the restoration of Culm grasslands in Devon and Cornwall. It provides a rapid assessment of the relative benefits and costs of the Working Wetlands Project: an agri-environmental project operating between Exmoor and Dartmoor. The project enhances conservation by supporting agri-environment scheme applications that seek to protect and expand coverage of Culm grasslands. The key ecosystem service that will benefit from the Working Wetlands project is biodiversity/habitats. A Natural England report summarises the likely effects the Working Wetlands project may have on the ecosystem services provided in the area.

Organisations involved: 

Natural England

Scale of project: 
Culm grassland, Devon
Total area covered by project: 
80 (sq. km)
Special purposes of project: 
Map economic values of ecosystem services
Map social/cultural values
What ecosystem service classification was used?: 

Not specified

Which ecosystem services were focused on?: 

  • Aesthetic/inspiration
  • Education
  • Recreation/tourism
  • Spiritual/religious
  • Crops, livestock, fish
  • Drinking water
  • Fibre
  • Food
  • Trees, standing vegetation, peat
  • Carbon sequestration & storage
  • Climate regulation
  • Detoxification and purification in air, soils and water
  • Erosion control
  • Flood control
Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Coastal margins
Enclosed farmland
Freshwater, wetlands and floodplains
Mountains, moors and heaths
Semi-natural grasslands
Baseline data: 
Habitat or land cover
Human census
Land use data
Contact name: 
Dr. Rob Tinch
Contact job title: 
Lead researcher on case studies: Valuing Changes in Ecosystem Services
425 Chaussee de la Hulpe, Brussels, B-1170
32(0)2 7911003