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31Jul/14

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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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** Upcoming BESS Events
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Martin Solan (http://www.southampton.ac.uk/oes/about/staff/ms2f10.page) , Cristina Wood (http://www.southampton.ac.uk/oes/about/staff/clw3d12.page) andJasmin Godbold (http://www.southampton.ac.uk/oes/about/staff/jag1e11.page?) from University of (http://www.southampton.ac.uk/oes/index.page?) Southampton (http://www.southampton.ac.uk/oes/index.page?) will be representing the consortium at the forthcoming World Conference on Marine Biodiversity in China (http://www.marine-biodiversity.org/wcmb2014/) , along with members from St Andrews and Belfast. They will be presenting CBESS data in both a talk and a poster.

** 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=SIrSHjHBO5M&feature=youtu.be
Latest BESS video highlighting the http://www.brc.ac.uk/wessexbess/home land use scenario workshop

** Does biodiversity matter for enjoyment of landscapes?
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The BESS consortia have been investigating this question for different locations.
Helen King (http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/about/people-and-resources/academic-profiles/sas-ac-profile/dr-helen-hp-king.html) has been trying to define exactly what we mean by’cultural ecosystem services’ (http://www.brc.ac.uk/wessexbess/node/30) for the http://www.brc.ac.uk/wessexbess/Wessex_landscape landscapes (http://www.brc.ac.uk/wessexbess/Wessex_landscape) and how this links to biodiversity.

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http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/ have been running stakeholder workshops (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/science/progress-report/morecambe-bay-socioeconomic-workshop/) to investigate the relationship between biodiversity and recreation in salt-marshes and mudflats in Morecambe Bay.
Meanwhile http://bess-urban.group.shef.ac.uk/ researchers have been identifying linkages between wellbeing and biodiversity by looking at the impacts of garden birds on children’s experiences of nature. Read morehere… (http://bess-urban.group.shef.ac.uk/birds-up-close/)

** marking their territory
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Ed Burnett, Senior Greenspace officer with Bedford Council with one of the newly installed signs.
Ed Burnett, Senior Greenspace officer with Bedford Council stands with one of the new interpretation boards for the http://bess-urban.group.shef.ac.uk/ meadow plots. Read more here (http://bess-urban.group.shef.ac.uk/talking-about-meadows-luton-friends-of-parks-and-greenspaces/) about what the team are doing in their urban study sites.

** BESS in the Media
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Steve Ormerod (http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/biosi/contactsandpeople/stafflist/m-p/ormerod-steve-prof-overview_new.html) from http://nerc-duress.org/ appeared on BBC Countryfile (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006t0bv) to discuss dippers as urban
pollutant indicators. Steve’s findings are available in a paper he co-authored available for download here (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/etc.2555/abstract) …
Meanwhile your can download (http://planetearth.nerc.ac.uk/multimedia/story.aspx?id=1720&cookieConsent=A) a NERC podcast on the http://bess-urban.group.shef.ac.uk/podcasting-from-the-meadows/ meadow experiments from Jim Harris (http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/about/people-and-resources/academic-profiles/sas-ac-profile/professor-jim-ja-harris.html) and Helen Hoyle (https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/landscape/2.7223/2.5725/hhoyle) .

** Artificial streams assessing climate change impacts
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The newly completed http://nerc-duress.org/ artificial cascade experiment (http://nerc-duress.org/?p=2181) are up and running investigating the impacts climate and landuse change might have on our streams bacteria, algae and protozoa. Read more here (http://nerc-duress.org/?p=2247) or to find out more news on all things upland rivers have a look at the http://nerc-duress.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Duress-summer-gazette-June-2014.pdf Summer Gazette (http://nerc-duress.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Duress-summer-gazette-June-2014.pdf) .

** Natural England Utilize BESS Evidence
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Information (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/2014/07/25/summer-update/#more-1460) from http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/ has been used by Natural England and the RSPB in new guidance for conservation managers on how to respond to climate change. You can download the guidance here… (http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/about_us/news/2014/030614.aspx)

** BESS early career researchers bring ecosystem services to life for the Grand Depart
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When the Tour de France came to Yorkshire, visitors at the York Grand Dèpart (http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/indepth/tourdefrance/) also saved coastal ‘villages’ from flooding and collected enough ‘nectar’ to see three ‘bee hives’ through the winter. The estimated 2000 visitors to the University of York (http://www.york.ac.uk/) marquee were taking part in the activities ‘love your salt marsh’, about sea defence management options and ‘be a bee’, which highlighted the importance of pollinators.

The activities were designed and run by NRG BESS members (BESS’s early career network) (http://www.nrgbess.net/) . Further activities related to water quality and urban ecosystem services are also being developed. Activity instructions will be available to download from http://www.nerc-bess.net/ and http://www.nrgbess.net/ or for further information about BESS related school curriculum resources and NRG BESS please contact Laura Harrison (http://www.nrgbess.net/about-us-2/member-profiles/member-profile-laura-harrison/) .

** Eye’s in the sky…?
http://www.sei-international.org/video-archive/2862
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University of York researchers are investigating the use of low-cost quadcopters for environmental monitoring – read morehere… (http://www.york.ac.uk/sei/news-and-events/news/2014/tree-surveying-at-yorkshire-arboretum/)

** Next Issue
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First results from the Summer field season…

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30Apr/14

BESS Connect Subscription – the newsletter of the NERC BESS Directorate

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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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** Upcoming BESS Events
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** Socio-Economic Workshop
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Interactive socio-economic workshop with recreational stakeholders from the Morecambe bay region. Dr Tim Stojanovic is leading the workshop – follow this link (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/news/morecambe-bay-recreational-stakeholder-workshop-may-8th/) for the flyer and distribute to anyone who may be interested in attending.

** Welcome to BESS-Connect!
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** The latest updates from the NERC Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Sustainability programme
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In April the BESS Science Forum was held in York. The event was attended by over 100 participants representing 33 organisations involved in the programme highlighting the expanding BESS network. Exciting preliminary findings from the consortia and small grants were discussed. Read more here… (http://www.nerc-bess.net/)

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The http://www.brc.ac.uk/wessexbess/ team have been developing participatory scenario maps (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1474706511001550) of future land use to discuss how these might affect biodiversity and ecosystem services. To read about the next steps of evaluating the possible outcomes using the InVEST (http://www.naturalcapitalproject.org/InVEST.html) model click here… (http://www.brc.ac.uk/wessexbess/News)

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Urban Meadow Benefits…
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have been promoting their meadow experiments to local and national stakeholders including Natural England’s Joint National Outdoors for All Working Group (http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/enjoying/linkingpeople/outdoorsforall/default.aspx) . Read more here (http://bess-urban.group.shef.ac.uk/category/news-and-updates/) about the meadows and how they link to health and well-being (http://www.openspace.eca.ac.uk/pdf/RoeandAspinall_HealthandPlace_2011.pdf) .

partners, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (https://www.rspb.org.uk/) and British Trust for O (http://www.bto.org/) rnithology, (http://www.bto.org/) have been explaining (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/the-benefits-of-birds/) how they hope to gain an understanding of the value of the cultural services that birds provide plus improve the science underpinning their own land management and advice through their involvement in BESS.

The latest news on the http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/ activities including all their ongoing sampling are reported on here (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/2014/04/25/and-the-sample-processing-continues/#more-1354) including a link to all the PhD blogs (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/outreach-and-education/phd-blogs/)

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Invertebrate Biodiversity & Crop Yield
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This is the topic being investigated as part of the http://www.brc.ac.uk/wessexbess/home crop production research team including Dr Ros Shaw (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/esi/people/shaw/) . The first years work highlighted the importance of interactions with invertebrates and crop variety on yield. The Wessex-BESS team will be controlling for this in their second season by planting their own crops. Find more here (http://www.brc.ac.uk/wessexbess/node/28) …

** Urban Bug Hunting!
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researchers have been busy assessing the biodiversity of invertebrates in urban greenspaces in more detail than ever before.

Read about their painstaking analysis here… (http://bess-urban.group.shef.ac.uk/a-new-level-of-detail/)

Meanwhile to learn more about a project actively protecting invertebrates visit the Buglife (http://www.buglife.org.uk/) website.

** Is this a world first?
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The http://nerc-duress.org/ team have built cascading artificial stream channels. Find out why – and whether this is globally unique – here… (http://nerc-duress.org/?p=2181)

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Do landscape scale conservation schemes enhance ecosystem service provision?
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This is the question addressed in a new paper (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21513732.2014.883430#.U14YmvldV8E) published in the ‘International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management’ (http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tbsm21/current#.U14oqvldV8E) from Kathy Hodder (http://staffprofiles.bournemouth.ac.uk/display/khodder) and a team from Bournemouth University.

The paper highlights that whilst landscape-scale approaches lead to overall service provision increases there were often trade-offs between services (particularly between provisioning and other services). The five case studies examined also showed marked differences highlighting the importance of local factors.
Dr Isabelle Durance PI at has been elected to the steering group of the international Ecosystem Services Partnership (http://www.es-partnership.org/esp) , and appointed to the editorial board of the leading International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management (http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tbsm21/current#.U15eYPldV8E) .

To find out all the latest news from Duress click here… (http://nerc-duress.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Duress-Winter-gazette-Feb-2014.pdf)

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All the latest from the new field season…

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