Staffordshire Ecosystem Assessment: valuation of ecosystem services for Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent

Project description: 

The aim of this research project is to identify and quantify the value of ecosystem services provided by rural and urban habitats in Staffordshire. The report also provides an assessment of the specific services provided by the Country Parks owned and managed by Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent County Councils. The value of ecosystem services are assessed in three steps: in monetary terms (where available scientific evidence and data permit); through case study examples; and through qualitative assessment outlining the links between ecosystems and human wellbeing. A next step is to create ecosystem service supply and demand maps in collaboration with stakeholders to promote understanding and uptake of decisions. A Staffordshire Green Infrastructure Strategy will be created based on the Ecosystem Approach.

Organisations involved: 

Staffordshire County Council

Scale of project: 
County of Staffordshire, including unitary area of Stoke-on-Trent
Total area covered by project: 
2717 (sq. km)
Special purposes of project: 
Map economic values of ecosystem services
Map social/cultural values
Create accounts
What ecosystem service classification was used?: 


Which ecosystem services were focused on?: 

  • Aesthetic/inspiration
  • Education
  • Health and well-being
  • Recreation/tourism
  • Spiritual/religious
  • Crops, livestock, fish
  • Drinking water
  • Energy
  • Fibre
  • Food
  • Trees, standing vegetation, peat
  • Water supply
  • Wild species
  • Carbon sequestration & storage
  • Climate regulation
  • Detoxification and purification in air, soils and water
  • Disease and pest regulation
  • Erosion control
  • Flood control
  • Hazard regulation
  • Noise regulation
  • Pollination
  • Pollution
Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Enclosed farmland
Freshwater, wetlands and floodplains
Mountains, moors and heaths
Semi-natural grasslands
Further detail on habitats: 

Wood pasture/parkland

Baseline data: 
Admin boundaries
Biological monitoring data
Habitat or land cover
Human census
Infrastructure data
Land use data
Protected or designated areas data
Rivers data
Contact name: 
Ali Glaisher
Contact job title: 
Principal Ecologist
Staffordshire County Council
1 Staffordshire Place, Stafford, ST16 2LP
01785 277254