Natural England: the ecosystem approach

Natural EnglandNatural England is increasingly making use of the ecosystem approach in delivery of its work, especially at the landscape scale. We define ‘ecosystem approach’ as identifying the range of ways the natural environment provides benefits to society and engaging the beneficiaries in reaching decisions about the objectives and priorities for their environment.

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RSPB/BTO: the benefits of birds…

BTO and RSPB research scientists are assessing the value of cultural ecosystem services provided by coastal birds, using data from our Wetland Bird Survey (a national, long-term survey where volunteers count birds on estuaries and other wetlands every month). We contribute to two parts of the CBESS project – valuation experiments and assessment of non-monetary value (through deliberative workshops).

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CBESS/MASTS: post-graduate training course a great success

Last month CBESS and MASTS joined forces in Morecambe Bay to deliver a NERC funded residential skills development course for eleven postgraduate students and early career researchers. Leading researchers in the field of mudflat and saltmarsh ecology were brought in from institutions around the UK to impart their knowledge and experience of planning and conducting and major field campaigns in coastal habitats. The one week long course was based at Arnside’s YHA hostel, where we were excellently hosted by new owners Leah and Martin.

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