Four consortia have undertaken research in different landscapes. Each consortium was asked to address the three main questions in the BESS science strategy, in ways appropriate for their landscape. The landscapes serve as a platform on which many researchers can engage, including people not funded directly by BESS and from other programmes, as well as succeeding in attracting future research funding. One of the consortia (DURESS) finished late 2015, the remaining three are due to complete April 2017.


Urban landscapes. F3UES - Fragments, functions and flows – the scaling of biodiversity and ecosystem services in urban ecosystems

Website:  http://bess-urban.group.shef.ac.uk/

Coastal landscapes of saltmarshes and mudflats. CBESS - A hierarchical approach to the examination of the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem service flows across coastal margins

Website: http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/

Lowland agricultural landscapes. Wessex BESS - Biodiversity and the provision of multiple ecosystem services in current and future lowland multifunctional landscapes (

Website: http://wessexbess.wixsite.com/wessexbess

Upland rivers of Wales. DURESS - Diversity in Upland Rivers for Ecosystem Service Sustainability

Website: http://nerc-duress.org/