Strathard: a landscape to live, work and play

Project description: 

This project aims to improve land and water management decisions in Strathard using an ecosystem approach. SEPA and other project partners are using a range of techniques to gather information on ecosystems and their services. An important part of the ecosystems approach is taking into account the views of different stakeholder groups and local communities. This is being done using surveys, participatory GIS mapping, and community events. The information gathered from stakeholders is being integrated with outputs from more detailed modelling of selected ecosystem services using approaches developed by Forest Research’s Land Use and Ecosystem Services (LUES). The results are being used to evaluate and compare the effects of different land and water management actions. Opportunity maps have been created to help target a range of priority management actions, including: natural flood management, woodland planting, and improved water habitat connectivity. The first phase of this project started in October 2015. Action plans should take place during 2017-2019. This project is part of the wider LUES programme.

Organisations involved: 

Forest Research, SEPA (Scottish Environment Protection Agency)

Scale of project: 
Strathard, Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, western Scotland
Total area covered by project: 
260 (sq. km)
Special purposes of project: 
Map ecosystem services
Map social/cultural values
What ecosystem service classification was used?: 


Which ecosystem services were focused on?: 

  • Aesthetic/inspiration
  • Sense of place/heritage
  • Education
  • Health and well-being
  • Recreation/tourism
  • Spiritual/religious
  • Crops, livestock, fish
  • Drinking water
  • Energy
  • Food
  • Trees, standing vegetation, peat
  • Water supply
  • Climate regulation
  • Detoxification and purification in air, soils and water
  • Erosion control
  • Flood control
  • Hazard regulation
  • Noise regulation
  • Pollination
Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Enclosed farmland
Freshwater, wetlands and floodplains
Mountains, moors and heaths
Baseline data: 
Habitat or land cover
Key outputs available: 

Strathard - a landscape to live, work & play, Community Partnership hub, available at:

Strathard - a landscape to live, work and play, A Story Map, available at:

Strathard Ecosystems Benefits Poster

Information on the wider Land Use and Ecosystem Services (LUES) programme, available at: knowledge

Contact name: 
Chloe Bellamy
Contact job title: 
Spatial Scientist
Forest Research
Forest Research, Northern Research Station, Roslin, Midlothian, EH25 9SY, UK
0300 067 5913