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Biodiversity and cultural ecosystem benefits in lowland landscapes in southern England

King, Helen P.; Morris, Joe; Graves, Anil; Bradbury, Richard B.; McGinlay, James; Bullock, James M.. 2017 Biodiversity and cultural ecosystem benefits in lowland landscapes in southern England. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 53. 185-197. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2017.08.002

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Abstract/Summary

Evidence of the link between biodiversity and cultural ecosystem benefits (CEB) is scarce. Participatory workshops were used to explore perceptions of CEB attributable to biodiversity in lowland arable and semi-natural grassland landscapes in southern England. Increased biodiversity was found to be associated with greater perceived benefit, mainly at the habitat and landscape scale. It was, however, difficult to separate the effects of biodiversity from those of abiotic and human-made features, all of which combined to provide an important sense of place. Furthermore, CEB were strongly linked with supporting infrastructure, notably public access. It was observed that CEB were generated through socio-psychological 'pathways' as people interacted with environmental settings, such as acquiring knowledge, feeling regenerated and communicating with others. CEB were also attributed to provisioning and regulatory services, questioning the validity of partitioning cultural services. The findings have implications for practitioners designing programmes to enhance nature's contribution to people.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2017.08.002
CEH Sections/Science Areas: Biodiversity (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 0272-4944
Additional Keywords: cultural ecosystem services, benefits, biodiversity, wellbeing, grasslands, pathways
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 20 Nov 2017 13:55 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/518406

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