Towards a Register of Exmoor's Natural Capital

Project description: 

Commissioned by the Exmoor Society, this study sought to find whether a natural capital approach could be applied at the level of individual land holdings, taking account of Exmoor’s special landscape character. The investigation focussed upon three pilot study areas of, which covered in combination the majority of landscape types present in the National Park. Within these areas the study sought to engage with all elements of natural capital, including cultural values. Based on their results a new typology is proposed which aims to provide a consistent approach that overcomes the challenge of duplication. Throughout the study engagement with local stakeholders in the form of a steering group benefitted researchers by providing access to local knowledge and values, as well as engaging these important groups in the concept of natural capital. Achieving this engagement displays the success of the register in meeting its main target of communicating the value of natural capital society, despite the common challenges of gaps in data availability and its quality.

Organisations involved: 

Exmoor Society, Exmoor National Park Authority, Rural Focus Ltd

Scale of project: 
Exmoor National Park
Special purposes of project: 
Map ecosystem services
Map social/cultural values
Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Coastal margins
Enclosed farmland
Mountains, moors and heaths
Semi-natural grasslands
Further detail on habitats: 

Seven of Exmoor’s nine landscape character types were covered by the pilot studies: Enclosed farmed Hills with Commons; Farmed and Settled Vale; High Coastal Heaths; High Wooded Coasts, Combes and Cleaves; Incised Wooded Valleys; Low Farmed Coast and Marsh; Open Moorland

Contact name: 
Robert Deane
Contact job title: 
Managing Director
Rural Focus Ltd
Shuffshayes, Langford, Cullompton EX15 1RQ UK
01884 308068