Understanding nature's value in the West of England

Project description: 

This project used over 200 datasets and Environment Systems’ SENCE tool (Spatial Evidence for Natural Capital Evaluation) to produce 14 ecosystem service maps for the West of England. The maps provide a strategic overview of where the region’s natural assets are and where opportunities exist to enhance those assets. A total of 14 maps were produced, including ecological networks, water quality and water quantity. For every ‘stock’ map, an ‘opportunity’ map was created, identifying where investment could help enhance ecosystem services for the benefit of people, wildlife and the economy. The maps were amalgamated to identify where multiple ecosystem services could be provided by the environment. The data was made available to all in order to make evidence-based decisions about the environment.

Organisations involved: 

West of England Nature Partnership, Environment Systems

Scale of project: 
West England: North Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire
Total area covered by project: 
1600 (sq. km)
Special purposes of project: 
Map ecosystem services
What ecosystem service classification was used?: 


Which ecosystem services were focused on?: 

  • Recreation/tourism
  • Drinking water
  • Water supply
  • Carbon sequestration & storage
  • Climate regulation
  • Detoxification and purification in air, soils and water
  • Flood control
  • Hazard regulation
  • Pollination
Other ecosystem services included: 

Connected green spaces

Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Freshwater, wetlands and floodplains
Semi-natural grasslands
Baseline data: 
Admin boundaries
Biological monitoring data
Habitat or land cover
Infrastructure data
Land use data
Rivers data
Contact name: 
West of England Nature Partnership
West of England Nature Partnership, 32 Jacobs Wells Road, Bristol, BS8 1DR
0117 980 0392