10Aug/16

Resilience

Woodland dieback caused by climate change, Adrian Newton. Key messages:The term resilience has multiple definitions and encompasses several different properties of ecological systems. Academics, practitioners and policy makers tend to refer to resilienceRead More…

29Jul/16

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Biodiversity & Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS) is a six-year (2011-2017) NERC research programme, designed to reduce that uncertainty. It will answer fundamental questions about the functional role of biodiversity in key ecosystem processes at the landscape scale and how these are likely to change in an uncertain future.

Our aim is to provide an improved evidence base for those managing our landscapes so they are in a much better position to make decisions about the inevitable trade-offs required to ensure our sustainable futures.

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CECAN: Policy Evaluation For A Complex World (http://www.cecan.ac.uk/events/13th-september-london-cecan-event-policy-evaluation-for-a-complex-world)
If you are interested in the challenges of policy evaluation for a complex world you are invited to an event organised by CECAN (Centre for Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus)

At St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London
From 13:30 pm onwards on Tuesday 13th September 2016

Book via Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cecan-event-policy-evaluation-for-a-complex-world-tickets-25929621195) page.
For any queries contact: cecan@surrey.ac.uk

EKN Conference: Building Prosperous Cities The role of natural capital and green infrastructure

27th September 2016 9.30am – 5pm
City Hall, London

The conference will address questions such as: What is the added value of ‘natural capital’ and ‘green infrastructure’ for city-scale planning, design and management? How do we involve urban citizens and secure investment to enhance the green infrastructure required for prosperous cities?

Click here (http://www.nerc-bess.net/index.php/news-and-events/255-ekn-conference-building-prosperous-cities-the-role-of-natural-capital-and-green-infrastructure) for more information and booking…

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** The latest updates from the NERC Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Sustainability programme
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**
Sounds of the Dipper
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have released a new ‘SOUNDWORK’ exploring the potential of Data Sonification using DNA coding as a basis for musical composition based on the Dipper. To listen to the composition created by John Howes click here… (https://soundcloud.com/howesaboutit/dipper)

** What is the best approach for managing urban meadows?
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have produced some clear practical guidance addressing this question to maximise the human health and wellbeing benefits from meadows alongside improvements in other ecosystem services.

Their guidance advice can be downloaded here… (http://www.nerc.ac.uk/research/partnerships/lwec/products/ppn/ppn32/)

** Facts at your fingertips…
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Alastair Driver, Environment Agency National Biodiversity Manager, (https://environmentagency.blog.gov.uk/author/alistair-driver/) has shared his list of killer facts on the benefits of river and wetland restoration here… (http://www.nerc-bess.net/documents/KILLER-FACTS-Multiple_benefits_of_river_and_wetland_restoration-Jun16.pdf)

** BESS data revealing new biodiversity insights
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invertebrate samples from previously unsampled locations have started to reveal new insights into the distributions of invertebrates. Find out more here… (http://bess-urban.group.shef.ac.uk/hidden-biodiversity-the-more-you-look-the-more-you-find/)

** Improving Salt Marsh Carbon Stock Measurements
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have produced a free tool and mobile application for predicting and mapping carbon stock in salt marshes. The tool is for governmental and non-governmental organisations that have interests in salt marshes, but which lack information about natural carbon stores.

Find out more or download the app here… (http://www.nerc-bess.net/index.php/news-and-events/265-new-cbess-launch-tool-and-app-for-assessing-carbon-stock-on-salt-marshes)

** Latest Publications
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A new open access paper from Lynn Dicks assesses evidence for the effectiveness farming practices to enhance natural pest regulation, an important and valuable ecosystem service in agriculture. It highlights knowledge gaps, or potential research priorities, by showing practices considered important by stakeholders for which there is not enough evidence. Read more here… (http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10531-016-1133-7/fulltext.html)

** New Initiatives Tackling Tree Health
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Trees have significant impacts on rural and urban landscapes and contribute to our ecosystems, economy and wellbeing however, they are increasingly seen as being under threat from emerging pests and diseases. To read more about latest research initiatives addressing these issues visit the THAPBI – Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Initiative website here… (https://wiki.ceh.ac.uk/display/THAPBI/THAPBI+-+Tree+Health+and+Plant+Biosecurity+Initiative)

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01Feb/16

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The
Welcome Trust are looking for ambassadors to kickstart conversations around our food, our health and our planet. You can find out more here… (https://thecrunch.wellcome.ac.uk/get-involved/ambassadors)

The Valuing Nature Programme is running a three-day Business Impact School to provide early career researchers with an opportunity to gain insight into producing research with business impact. Closing date is 5 February, 2016. Apply here… (https://ceh-online-surveys.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/business-impact-school-application-form)

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** The latest updates from the NERC Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Sustainability programme
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** What is the evidence for benefits from increasing biodiversity in urban areas?
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have produced a great video highlighting the contribution their research has made to understanding this important question. To watch – click the image below…
https://videolibrary.sheffield.ac.uk/player?autostart=n&fullscreen=y&width=320&height=260&videoId=8900&quality=hi&captions=n&chapterId=0

These findings link to a new initiative transforming urban sites into 200 hectares of habitat for pollinating insects. To find out more visit the Urban Buzz site here… (https://www.buglife.org.uk/urban-buzz)

** BESS publications highlight multiple benefits of biodiversity…
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** Recent publications from BESS research have provided exciting new evidence from different environments on how biodiversity and species richness deliver important ecosystem services.

What is the Importance of species diversity for human wellbeing?
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This has been addressed by the http://bess-urban.group.shef.ac.uk/paper-likeability-of-garden-birds/ team in a paper examining the evidence looking at garden birds. Read a summary here (http://www.nerc-bess.net/index.php/bess-blog/post/120-the-garden-bird-feeder-virtuous-circle) or to download the PLOS One paper here (http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0141505) …

** What contribution does plant diversity provide to erosion protection in wetlands?
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researchers have published findings which demonstrates the link between biodiversity and erosion protection for one of the first times in a natural ecosystem setting. Read a summary here (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/2016/01/13/bangor-university-shoreline-resistance-to-erosion/) or to get the Journal of Vegetation Science paper her (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jvs.12367/abstract) e.. (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jvs.12367/abstract) . (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jvs.12367/abstract)

** Time series data providing new insights on environmental change in the UK
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** Warning signs of UK biodiversity declines
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A new analysis of trends in UK biodiversity records have highlighted worrying trends. Tom Oliver (http://www.brc.ac.uk/user/tom-oliver) from commented “The picture that emerges is of an increasingly fragile system, particularly in species that do vital jobs for humans. Unless efforts are made to reverse some of these declines, we face a future where we will be less confident that we can effectively grow our food.”

Read a summary of the analysis here… (http://www.nerc-bess.net/index.php/bess-blog/post/178-biggest-analysis-of-british-nature-ever-rings-alarm-bells) or get the Nature Communications paper here… (http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2015/151208/ncomms10122/full/ncomms10122.html)

Meanwhile T-BESS (Temporal variation in Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) (http://www.nerc-bess.net/index.php/research/162-temporal-variation-in-biodiversity-and-ecosystem-service-delivery-in-grasslands-t-bess) revisited sites around Sheffield first surveyed in the 1960s to investigate biodiversity changes. Their in-depth findings support the Wessex-BESS evidence of worrying declines linked to land management, climate change, air pollution and grazing. Read more here… (http://www.nerc-bess.net/index.php/bess-blog/post/235-50-years-of-change-in-the-sheffield-region)

** Important scale effects for ecosystem models revealed
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The best scale to use for modelling depends heavily on what kind of question or system is being investigated as well as the character of the underlying landscape. A new paper in Landscape Ecology from the team highlights this issue and the critical effects it can have on results. Read a summary (http://www.nerc-bess.net/index.php/bess-blog/post/218-determining-the-importance-of-scale-when-modelling-ecosystem-services-in-urban-areas) or access the full paper… (http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10980-015-0337-7)

** Engaging the Public
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engaged with the public about current research as part of the The Dundee Science Festival. The team demonstrated the power of salt marshes as flood defences using a Lego saltmarsh and salt marsh plants. To find out more click here… (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/2015/11/20/university-of-st-andrews-mud-to-mammals/)

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Spring will be in the air once more – and BESS Connect will continue to synthesize the key findings emerging from BESS research.

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02Nov/15

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CBESS will be at the Dundee Science Festival on Thurs 12 Nov at Menzieshill Community Centre,DD2 4BH from 13:00. You’ll have the chance to build a lego saltmarsh and understand the power of plant roots. #DSciFest

Registration is now open for three NERC Advanced Training Courses (http://www.mathstat.strath.ac.uk/outreach/cpd/index.php) on state-of-the art aspects of mathematical and statistical modelling running at the University of Strathclyde.

PhD Vacancy (http://www.marine-ecosystems.org.uk/News_events/Jobs/Modelling_the_impact_of_marine_reserves_and_wind-f)
Closing date: 16 November 2015
A a fully funded 3-year PhD project available to start immediately. The general subject area is spatial population dynamics modelling of size-structured marine benthic invertebrates with a passive drifting planktonic life-stage. The project is related to the MERP size-structured modelling activity, but independently funded.

** Welcome to
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** The latest updates from the NERC Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Sustainability programme
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** Science Meeting Special… All Aboard!!
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lt8ha7oy8gY&feature=youtu.be
Dominque Butt of NERC reflects on the Science Meeting and the challenges for BESS science when influencing policy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqH2CfysBWY&feature=youtu.be
Joe Morris from Cranfield talks about the value of BESS multidisciplinary research and the impact that project findings can have on stakeholders application of ecosystem services.

The BESS Directorate will be looking at all the presentations and discussions from the October meeting to synthesize where the programmes research is contributing to the science and policy debates. Look out for more news in the next newsletter.

** What was the story of the meeting?
For an overview of the meetings themes – and to see what issues were discussed click here… (https://storify.com/s_cinderby_SEI/ecosystem-services-science-into-policy)
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** Managing ecosystems for predictable outcomes may backfire, new study warns
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A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concludes that managing ecosystems for predictable outcomes is risky and liable to result in ultimately unwanted outcomes. Co-author Carl Folke (http://stockholmresilience.org/21/contact/staff/1-15-2008-folke.html) explains: “Command-and-control management of ecosystems might make flows of ecosystem services predictable in the short term, but unpredictable and less resilient in the long term.”

To read more and request the publication click here… (http://stockholmresilience.org/21/research/research-news/10-7-2015-dont-fence-me-in.html?utm_source=Stockholm+Resilience+Centre+newsletter&utm_campaign=aa8b6e8895-Newsletter_September_20148_26_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_216dc1ed23-aa8b6e8895-91800241)

** EU falling short on Biodeiversity and Ecosystem Services Targets
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A mid-term review of Europe’s progress towards its 2020 targets; makes for disheartening reading. Overall, biodiversity loss and the degradation of ecosystem services in the EU have continued since the EU 2010 biodiversity baseline, as confirmed by the 2015 European environment state and outlook report… (http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/biodiversity/comm2006/pdf/mid_term_review_summary.pdf) http://biodiversity.europa.eu/policy/biodiversity-strategy-plan

** Upland Futures…?
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** has launched a new report providing contrasting visions for policy makers, land managers and society of how the UK’s uplands could develop over the next 30-40 years. Download here… (http://nerc-duress.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Upland-Scenarios-Report-for-Email.pdf)
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**
Latest BESS research throws light on the resilience of ecosystem functions
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New publications from BESS-funded authors contribute to a better understanding of the extent to which ecosystem functions can resist or recover from environmental change. Read more here… (http://www.nerc-bess.net/index.php/bess-blog/post/114-latest-bess-research-throws-more-light-on-the-resilience-of-ecosystem-functions)

** Urban BESS Annual Meadows Nominated for Luton Community Awards
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On Friday 23rd October 2015 the project reached the final 3 out of 15 nominees in the ‘Community business’ category.Helen Hoyle (https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/landscape/2.7223/2.5725/hhoyle) from Sheffield accepted the award on behalf of the team. To read more click here… (https://nercbess.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/urban-bess-annual-meadows-nominated-for-luton-community-awards/)
With research coming to an end in 2015 they are holding an event to share the outputs of the project and their value to policy and practice. Book here (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/duress-ecosystem-services-project-lessons-learned-tickets-19182427156?ref=ebtnebregn) to join them on December 1st in Cardiff Bay.

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Winter will be with us and whilst wrapped up and sipping mulled wine BESS will present synthesized findings from the Science Meeting…

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30Jul/15

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CBESS is organising a BESS funded workshop (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/2015/07/01/cbess-statistical-approaches-to-the-biodiversity-function-service-chain/#more-2264) ‘Form to function: statistical approaches to the Biodiversity-Function-Service Chain‘. 24-25 September, York.

Dr Martin Skov is giving a keynote presentation at Wetland Futures 2015 (http://www.wwt.org.uk/conservation/saving-wetlands-and-wildlife/wetland-futures/wetland-futures-2015/) ; bridging the conservation gap between freshwater, saltwater and transitional wetlands. 14-15 October 2015, Birmingham.

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** The latest updates from the NERC Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Sustainability programme
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Ecosystem resilience concepts… what do they offer BESS research? This was one of the issues addressed at a workshop in June – read the meeting findings and outcomes here… (http://www.nerc-bess.net/index.php/news-and-events/220-report-bess-resilience-workshop-2015)
The workshop findings have links to a recent paper (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169534714002456) from ‘Trends in Evolution Ecology’ (http://www.cell.com/trends/ecology-evolution/home) that highlighted fifteen distinct biodiversity trends and summarized critical key knowledge gaps.

** Artists Interpretations of BESS Science
CBESS researchers have been collaborating with artists to explore alternative ways of communicating BESS findings. Iris Möller (http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/salt-marsh-plants-key-to-reducing-coastal-erosion-and-flooding) (Cambridge Coastal Research Unit) talked about ‘living on the edge’ alongside artist Sue Rapley (http://www.suerapley.co.uk/blog/pint-of-science-creative-reactions-2015.html) . Meanwhile Lydia Bach (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/managment/phd-students/lydia-bach/) has been working with artists (http://the-paper-makers.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-page.html) to explore the links between her work on coastal ecology and communicating climate change stories.
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** PhD Update
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University of York PhD student Sian de Bell has been describing her ongoing work
riverine ecological restoration (http://www.nerc-bess.net/index.php/bess-blog/post/76-assessing-the-multiple-benefits-of-river-restoration) .

** BESS research highlighting the importance of invertebrates
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and researchers have been investigating the role of invertebrates on pollination and pest control for their two target landscapes; multi-functional lowlands (http://www.brc.ac.uk/wessexbess/node/28) and urban areas (http://bess-urban.group.shef.ac.uk/one-small-millipede-for-milton-keynes/) . This has included looking at the impact changing planting has on winter survival rates (http://bess-urban.group.shef.ac.uk/where-do-the-bugs-go-in-winter/) of these mini-beasts.

** Volunteers Needed!!
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The BESS Committee are looking for volunteers! Are you interested in outreach, communications or event planning?If so visit the NRG BESS website for more details (http://www.nrgbess.net/nrg-bess-committee-are-looking-for-volunteers/) .

** Ongoing Salt March Sampling
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researchers are
continuing to sample salt marshes (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/2015/07/24/bangor-university-inter-project-fieldwork/) . Importantly they are also transferring their field research skills to a new cohort of PhD students to ensure a BESS skills legacy.

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01May/15

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Biodiversity & Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS) is a six-year (2011-2017) NERC research programme, designed to reduce that uncertainty. It will answer fundamental questions about the functional role of biodiversity in key ecosystem processes at the landscape scale and how these are likely to change in an uncertain future.

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Are ecosystem services academic? 7-8th July, 2015 at the University of Southampton.
This two-day conference (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/are-ecosystem-services-academic-tickets-16215794879) aims to offer a dialogue between academic ecologists, economists and end-users of ecosystem service assessments.

BESS Workshop on Resilience 18-19 June 2015 at Charles Darwin House, London
2 day workshop (http://www.nerc-bess.net/documents/Resilience_BESS_workshop.pdf) will explore ways of rigorously defining and measuring resilience in systems and establish to produce collaborative publications in this area. The workshop is open to individuals working on a BESS project.

Stormy geomorphology: geomorphic contributions in an age of extremes – an international scientific meeting Monday 11 May 2015 (9.00am-5.30pm) at RGS, London
Global state-of-the-art understanding of geomorphic contributions to extreme events will be presented as a one-day conference (http://www.rgs.org/OurWork/Advocacy+and+Policy/Environment+and+Society+Forum/Stormy+geomorphology) .

** Welcome to BESS-Connect!
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** The latest updates from the NERC Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Sustainability programme
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** https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrAReYh9328&feature=youtu.be
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Dr Alison Dyke (http://www.york.ac.uk/sei/staff/alison-dyke/) from the Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) (http://www.opalexplorenature.org/aboutopal) programme talks about how to utilise citizen science approaches to investigate bio-security.

** Inspiring, informing and educating!
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BESS researchers have been getting their research to new audiences through a variety of national and international events.

Hundreds of children and their families enjoyed learning about the benefits we get from nature during the BESS ‘love your saltmarsh’ and ‘be a bee’ activities as part of British Science Week, read more here… (http://www.nerc-bess.net/index.php/news-and-events/211-impact-bess-buzzing-and-making-waves-at-british-science-week)

delivered their second NERC funded training course (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/2015/02/27/besa-2015-post-graduate-training-in-morecambe-bay/) on biodiversity and ecosystem assessment in the coastal margin. They have also been talking all things mudflats at science festivals in Bangor (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/2015/03/16/bangor-university-hidden-worlds/) and St. Andrews (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/2015/03/09/university-of-st-andrews-science-discovery-day-2015-2/) and with the BBC’s Science Cafe (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00848zw) .

organised a session at the ASLO Aquatic Sciences (http://sgmeet.com/aslo/granada2015/) conference in Granada on “Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Freshwater Ecosystems, a south north perspective” (http://nerc-duress.org/news)

** New insights on food webs…
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have been investigating the diversity of food webs in streams crossing different intensities of land use. Their methods and initial findings are described here… (http://www.nerc-bess.net/index.php/bess-blog/post/29-investigating-freshwater-food-webs)
have been undertaking comparable research – but for mudflats. Read how food dynamics in these landscapes change across seasons here… (http://www.nerc-bess.net/index.php/bess-blog/post/13-changing-mudflat-foodwebs)

** BESS research providing evidence on the ecosystem approach
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Natural England have recently published nine evidence summaries about the ‘Natural Environment’ naming BESS research as a key source for evidence. You can find out more on the summaries here… (http://www.nerc-bess.net/index.php/news-and-events/207-bess-research-contributing-to-evidence-about-the-ecosystem-approach)

Elsewhere have been participating in a series of four workshops to develop a methodology for producing robust indicators of the resilience of ecosystem functions to address decision making needs. Find out more here… (http://www.nerc-bess.net/index.php/bess-blog/post/18-developing-indicators-of-resilience-for-ecosystem-functions-provided-by-species)

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Does Open Source software offer ecosystem service scientists new opportunities?
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Innovative new software packages developed using open source are enabling cheaper ways of analyzing scientific datasets. In a recent blog a PhD student reflects on how this access to software is changing how they undertake their research…. (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/managment/phd-blogs/anecdotes/)

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** It’s not what you say, it’s the way that you say it (in 140 characters or less)
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The directorate has put together a set of useful hints and tips (http://www.nerc-bess.net/index.php/bess-blog/post/37-bess-twitter-tips) from the BESS engagement advisors and BESS researchers on how to get the most from twitter.

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Have you put natural capital at the heart of decision making…?
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Organisers of the second World Forum on Natural Capital (http://www.naturalcapitalforum.com/) , which will take place in Edinburgh, United Kingdom on
23–24 November 2015, have issued a call for case studies (http://www.naturalcapitalforum.com/blog/blog/258/Call-for-ground-breaking-case-studies) that demonstrate how putting natural capital at the heart of decision-making can benefit the bottom line, as well as the natural environment.

** Nexus thinking…
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How can we bring together our Ecosystem Service approaches to the major challenges of ensuring sustainable food, water and energy supplies and a healthy environment? The Nexus Network (http://www.thenexusnetwork.org/) has published the first thinkpieces (http://www.thenexusnetwork.org/thinkpieces-published/) from their commissioned series that aims to consider these problems from a fresh perspective.

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Our landscapes need to be managed appropriately to ensure the sustainable delivery of benefits to society such as clean water, food production and flood protection. Currently we do not truly understand the linkages between biodiversity within landscapes and services flows. Without this knowledge we are managing our landscapes under great uncertainty.

Biodiversity & Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS) is a six-year (2011-2017) NERC research programme, designed to reduce that uncertainty. It will answer fundamental questions about the functional role of biodiversity in key ecosystem processes at the landscape scale and how these are likely to change in an uncertain future.

Our aim is to provide an improved evidence base for those managing our landscapes so they are in a much better position to make decisions about the inevitable trade-offs required to ensure our sustainable futures.

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A reminder that applications for the CBESS NERC funded advanced training course – Biodiversity & Ecosystem Service Assessment in the Coastal Margin (BESA) (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/training/besa/) – closes on 14th November. A detailed course outline can be found here (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/files/2013/10/BESA-Course-Outline_students1.pdf) .

** Welcome to BESS-Connect!
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** The latest updates from the NERC Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Sustainability programme
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http://youtu.be/rDnwa0jUN2Y
Laura Harrison (BESS Engagement Officer) talks about the exciting development of the programmes Early Career Researchers Network (http://www.nrgbess.net/)

** BESS experiments yielding valuable new data
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Over the summer field season the BESS consortia experiments have been delivering valuable information on different aspects of ecosystems services and their relationships to biodiversity.
The Eddy Covariance team (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/science/progress-report/university-of-st-andrews/) at the University of St Andrews have had a busy summer collecting CO2 flux data to better understand the response of saltmarsh vegetation to different light levels. Read more here. (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/fieldwork-update-from-the-eddy-covariance-team/)

Meanwhile, large artificial habitat experiments have been investigating a variety of land management scenario effects on ecosystem functions.
The team have been hard at work extracting dissolved organic carbon data from their artificial upland cascading channels (http://nerc-duress.org/?p=2247) in a mammoth 24 hour –fifteen person combined effort.
The members of the Cambridge Coastal Research Unit (http://www.ccru.geog.cam.ac.uk/) , together with a team of researchers from Germany and the Netherlands, have conducted the largest-ever laboratory experiment to investigate how waves are dissipated by coastal salt marshes during storms. Click here for the update (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/largest-ever-saltmarsh-flume-experiment/) by Iris Möller (http://www.geog.cam.ac.uk/people/moeller/) .

** Why BESS findings are important for policy…
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A recent journal paper in Bioscience (http://bioscience.oxfordjournals.org/) led by Patricia Balvanera (http://ww2.oikos.unam.mx/CIEco/comunidades/) (available here (http://bio.wits.ac.za/APES7000_2014/Mograbi/Papers/Balvanera%20et%20al%202014%20BioScience.pdf) ) highlights the gaps in our understanding of the interactions between biodiversity and ecosystem services that the BESS programme is contributing towards filling. The authors stress the need for better information – but under realistic land management scenarios – to inform theIntergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) (http://ipbes.net/about-ipbes.html) policy processes.

An example of the contribution BESS is making is given by the team who have been undertaking cutting-edge science on ecosystem services on Welsh rivers helping to reveal how biodiversity keeps rivers running in more ways than one… read more here (https://storify.com/SteveOrmerod/cutting-edge-science-on-river-ecosystem-services?utm_content=storify-pingback&awesm=sfy.co_jw9B&utm_source=t.co&utm_campaign=&utm_medium=sfy.co-twitter)

** Farming and flourishing wildlifehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2wMk1s4dyc
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a three year project whose mission is to transform the river Torridge catchment for wildlife and people have produced a
film (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2wMk1s4dyc) with local farmers explaining how the NIA is helping them to manage their land in more wildlife friendly ways and the additional benefits of this change (including economic) they perceive. To find out more about the project click here (http://www.northerndevonnia.org/) .

** New BESS Reports on the importance of Cultural Ecosystem Services
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have begun publishing
findings (http://www.brc.ac.uk/wessexbess/sites/www.brc.ac.uk.wessexbess/files/cultural%20benefits%20of%20biodiversity%20workshop%20full%20report.pdf) from their engagement activities aimed at identifying indicators to measure the linkages between biodiversity and cultural ecosystem services. A summary of their most recent workshop with nature-sector professional stakeholders can be found here (http://www.brc.ac.uk/wessexbess/sites/www.brc.ac.uk.wessexbess/files/EKN%20CES%20biod%20indicators%20workshop%20summary.pdf) .

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BESS PhD Updates
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Our BESS Next Generation Researchers have been updating their Blogs and webpages. Lydia Bach (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/managment/phd-students/lydia-bach/) provides news (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/managment/phd-students/lydia-bach/cbess-field-campaign-backlog-and-new-sites/) on how her work on food webs in inter-tidal coastal areas is progressing. Cai Ladd (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/managment/phd-students/cai-ladd/) talks about his experiences (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/managment/phd-students/cai-ladd/anecdotes/) researching the ecological resilience of saltmarshes. James Tempest (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/managment/phd-students/james-tempest/) describes how his work will improve our understanding of the wave and tidal flow reduction caused by saltmarsh vegetation.

** Stakeholders admire new exhibition
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Cardiff University hosted an exhibition of high quality artistic photographs and 3D videos of future land use scenarios. Stakeholders from policymaking, NGOs and industry representatives were treated to a preview of the exhibition that will tour the country in the coming months. Check the website (http://nerc-duress.org/) for details…

** Calls for better information about the forest–agriculture interface to aid development
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The Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation Programme (http://www.espa.ac.uk/) report on an interview (http://www.trust.org/item/20140923051919-nph7j/) with Cheryl Palm (http://agriculture.columbia.edu/about-us/people-at-agcenter/full_time_staff/cpalm/) , a Senior Research Scientist and Director of Research at the Agriculture and Food Security Center at Columbia University (http://agriculture.columbia.edu/) – where she highlights that there have been very few measurements taken on the different ecosystem services and their connections at the forest-agriculture divide. This could be crucial for delivering some of the new UN Sustainable Development Goals (http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/?menu=1300) .

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