Ecosystem services

The RSPB has been involved in the development of the ecosystem services approach, helping us to understand its strengths and weaknesses for supporting biodiversity conservation.
Staff placing & monitoring dams across drains in former forestry plantations at Forsinard Flows RSPB nature reserve, Sutherland, Highland region, Scotland

Overview

We work closely with many partners with complementary skills, but have also developed our own in-house skills and capacity.

As well as ecology and economics, our team now has expertise in hydrology, earth sciences and social sciences - a blend which is essential for ecosystem services work.

Our research focuses on three main areas. We do experimental work, often on our nature reserves, to understand how different management options at a range of scales affect both biodiversity and ecosystem services.

We work with others to develop and use a toolkit for rapid ecosystem service measurement at the site scale (TESSA). We also look at whether places with more biodiversity provide enhanced “cultural service” well-being benefits for people.

Who's involved

Coast on a stormy day

Dr Rob Field

Senior Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science

rob.field@rspb.org.uk
Coast on a stormy day

Dr Richard Bradbury

Head of Environmental Research, Conservation Science

richard.bradbury@rspb.org.uk
Coast on a stormy day

Dr Michael MacDonald

Senior Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science

michael.macdonald@rspb.org.uk

Related publications

Impacts of species-led conservation on ecosystem services of wetlands: understanding co-benefits and tradeoffs

Biodiversity conservation organisations have recently begun to consider a wider ecosystem services context for their activities. While the literature suggests the potential of 'win-win' situations whe...

Date
08 February 2011
RSPB Authors
Dr Richard Bradbury
Authors
Fisher, B., Bradbury, R.B., Andrews, J.E., Ausden, M., Bentham-Green, S., White, S.M. & Gill, J.A.
Published in
Biodiversity and Conservation
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UK Ecosystem services

Measuring, modeling and mapping ecosystem services in the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania

In light of the significance that ecosystem service research is likely to play in linking conservation activities and human welfare, systematic approaches to measuring, modeling and mapping ecosystem...

Date
01 October 2011
RSPB Authors
Prof Rhys Green
Authors
Fisher, B., Turner, R.K., Burgess, N.D., Swetnam, R.D., Green, J., Green, R.E., Kajembe, G., Kulindwa, K., Lewis, S.L., Marchant, R., Marshall, A.R., Madoffe, S., Munishi, P.K.T., Morse-Jones, S., Mwakalila, S., Paavola, J., Naidoo, R., Ricketts, T., Rouget, M., Willcock, S. et al.
Published in
Progress in Physical Geography
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International Ecosystem services

Response of blanket bog vegetation to drain-blocking

Question: Does blocking of moorland drains increase bog vegetation on blanket peat? Location: Two sites with blocked drains and two with unblocked drains on Forsinard Flows National Nature Reserve, Su...

Date
18 July 2011
RSPB Authors
Paul Bellamy
Authors
Bellamy, P.E., Stephen, L., Maclean, I & Grant, M.C.
Published in
Applied Vegetation Science
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Scotland Ecosystem services