Unlocking the Potential - Delivering Ecosystem Services in the Wimbleball Catchment

Project description: 

The project investigates a range of ecosystem services provided in Wimbleball catchment, helping to provide a better understanding of the natural and cultural assets, and how to optimise the public benefits that are provided by them. Phase 1 of the project was a pilot running for six months, focused on the south-eastern part of the National Park around the Wimbleball catchment. The project pilots the approach of looking at ecosystem services on a farm scale. GIS maps were developed to identify areas: that were important for a particular ecosystem service; where an area delivered multiple ecosystem services; and where conflicts arise between delivery of different ecosystem services. This increased understanding of ecosystem services will be used to shape decisions on how the catchment can be cared for and managed in the future.

Organisations involved: 

Exmoor National Park Authority

Scale of project: 
Wimbleball catchment, Exmoor National Park
Total area covered by project: 
59 (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
  • Education
  • Health and well-being
  • Recreation/tourism
  • Crops, livestock, fish
  • Drinking water
  • Food
  • Trees, standing vegetation, peat
  • Water supply
  • Climate regulation
Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Enclosed farmland
Freshwater, wetlands and floodplains
Mountains, moors and heaths
Baseline data: 
Biological monitoring data
Habitat or land cover
Land use data
Protected or designated areas data
Rivers data
Contact name: 
Clare Reid
Contact job title: 
Project Manager
Exmoor National Park Authority
Exmoor House, Dulverton, Somerset, TA22 9HL
01398 323665