Comparison of different approaches to optimising forest management and ecosystem service delivery

Lead Research Organisation: University of Cambridge
Department Name: Zoology

Abstract

Most studies of the values of ecosystem services are theoretical in that the scenarios under consideration are unlikely to be delivered. The project will consider the practicality of applying the natural capital approach to guide large-scale decisions on land use over an extensive area. This is then likely to be influential for others dealing with similar land issues. The project will use Thetford Forest and Breckland heaths as a model to explore the impact of different land use and management options on the full range of ecosystem services.

Publications

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Title LiDAR photos art 
Description The image was an overlay of several aerial and LiDAR photos/images to demonstrate how satellite technology (and particularly LiDAR) can reveal previously unknown details about landscapes. 
Type Of Art Image 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact It was exhibited at a scientific art exhibition in a Cambridge cafe and visited by the general public. 
 
Description A comprehensive assessment of how alternative forest management options in Thetford Forest leads to the delivery of different public benefits (e.g. timber supply, carbon storage, water supply, recreation, biodiversity conservation). The trade-offs and synergies between alternatives have been reconciled to generate a practical recommendation for the future management of Thetford Forest to maximise the delivery of public benefits.
Exploitation Route The key results from the PhD have been translated into a user-friendly app to be used internally by staff members in Forestry England (the CASE partner of the award). This allows staff to make day-to-day decisions informed by the scientific evidence generated through the PhD.
The overall recommendations from the PhD are being built into a long-term Concept Plan vision for the management of Thetford Forest.
The results and subsequent implementation have wider implications as an important case study for land management that maximises the provision of public goods, which is a key component of the new Environmental Land Management policy proposed by the UK government.
Sectors Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice

URL https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/298233
 
Description The results from the PhD are being incorporated into a long-term strategic plan for Thetford Forest. This will dictate the management objectives for the next 50 years.
First Year Of Impact 2019
Sector Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description National Productivity Investment Fund Innovation Placement award
Amount £7,600 (GBP)
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2019 
End 07/2019
 
Title New method to quantify cultural ecosystem services 
Description A new methodology incorporating participatory GIS and a novel site matching technique to explicitly relate cultural ecosystem services to land management. 
Type Of Material Data analysis technique 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact To date, this has resulted in a significant study at the case study site used in the PhD award. 
 
Title Research data supporting "Quantifying cultural ecosystem services: disentangling the effects of management from landscape features" 
Description This dataset contains the points collected as part of a participatory GIS survey investigating the cultural values of Thetford Forest. Data were collected using the online spraycan tool 'Map-Me' (http://map-me.org/). Participants were asked to mark maps with the areas that they valued for four cultural ecosystem services. Further details of the method are available in Tew et al. "Quantifying cultural ecosystem services: disentangling the effects of management from landscape features". People and Nature (accepted). 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
 
Description Bird diversity analysis using LiDAR in Thetford Forest 
Organisation British Trust for Ornithology
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution I led the project to analyse how forest management affects bird diversity. I used data generated from LiDAR remote-sensing technology to measure structural attributes from forest stands and then analysed whether this was correlated with various bird abundance and diversity metrics.
Collaborator Contribution Bird survey data was collected as part of a project led by the BTO. Some LiDAR processing was undertaken by colleagues in the Plant Sciences department in Cambridge and Edinburgh University.
Impact PhD chapter
Start Year 2018
 
Description Bird diversity analysis using LiDAR in Thetford Forest 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I led the project to analyse how forest management affects bird diversity. I used data generated from LiDAR remote-sensing technology to measure structural attributes from forest stands and then analysed whether this was correlated with various bird abundance and diversity metrics.
Collaborator Contribution Bird survey data was collected as part of a project led by the BTO. Some LiDAR processing was undertaken by colleagues in the Plant Sciences department in Cambridge and Edinburgh University.
Impact PhD chapter
Start Year 2018
 
Description Bird diversity analysis using LiDAR in Thetford Forest 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I led the project to analyse how forest management affects bird diversity. I used data generated from LiDAR remote-sensing technology to measure structural attributes from forest stands and then analysed whether this was correlated with various bird abundance and diversity metrics.
Collaborator Contribution Bird survey data was collected as part of a project led by the BTO. Some LiDAR processing was undertaken by colleagues in the Plant Sciences department in Cambridge and Edinburgh University.
Impact PhD chapter
Start Year 2018
 
Description Cultural ecosystem services method 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Developed the methodology, collected and analysed the data, wrote the paper.
Collaborator Contribution Assisted in development of methodology, made contributions to paper.
Impact Paper - Quantifying cultural ecosystem services: disentangling the effects of management from landscape features. People and Nature (accepted)
Start Year 2015
 
Description Art exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Exhibited aerial and LiDAR photographs of my study site at a science-art exhibition to show how this technology can be used in science to reveal and study landscape features.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description BBC Look East interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact BBC Look East interview about the research. Featured on the 18.30 BBC News bulletin. An online video was also made and is featured on the BBC News website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-norfolk-47916017/plan-to-future-proof-the-ecology-of-thetfo...
 
Description BES 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Talk about PhD results and summary at international ecological conference. Generated a great deal of discussion and questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ECCB Finland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Invited speaker in a symposium on ecosystem services at the ECCB conference, Finland. Around 100 attendees. Talks were followed by a panel discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Ecosystem service special interest group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Talk disseminating research on cultural ecosystem services given to the ecosystem services special interest group based within the David Attenborough Building. Individuals from a variety of conservation organisations attended the talk, followed by varied discussion and questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description FC Ecology conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Two talks about my research at the biannual internal Forestry Commission Ecology conference. Sparked long discussion and follow-up questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Global Cambridge 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Invited speaker and member of panel for discussion about sustainability issues at Global Cambridge alumni event in Geneva. Stimulated great debate and discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Head of Land Management meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation on results of PhD and associated app to the Head of Land Management meeting for Forestry England (representatives from all Districts across England).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Poster BES 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Poster presentation on preliminary cultural ecosystem services research at British Ecological Society Annual Conference. Many questions and discussion around the poster with attendees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Poster BES CCI symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Poster on preliminary PhD research plans. Stimulated discussion and questions surrounding the proposals and case study site.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Poster BES ecosystem services seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Poster presentation on preliminary cultural ecosystem services research at joint British Ecological Society - Biodiversity Ecosystem Services Sustainability symposium. Stimulated discussion and questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
 
Description Research Horizons article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Gave an interview for a piece in the university research magazine, which is sent to a wide variety of interested individuals, such as policymakers and funders.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Roots FC interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gave an interview about my research for the internal Forestry Commission newsletter.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk BES 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Talk on completed cultural ecosystem services research at the British Ecological Society international annual conference. Stimulated a great deal of discussion and questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017