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RD 1.3.2 Ecosystem services supply

Woodland in Cumbernauld

Our work aims to improve our understanding of the impact of management interventions on flows of benefits from ecosystems.


A multidisciplinary team at the James Hutton Institute and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh works towards assessing the effects of different management strategies on ecosystem benefits from woodlands. This work includes:

  1. a multi-site study assessing trajectories of changes in ecosystem benefits, in woodlands in Cumbernauld Living Landscape, the Cairngorms National Park and Glen Creran
  2. in-depth studies on specific interventions and their impacts especially on cultural ecosystem services.


One of our study sites in Glen Creran: What do non-experts think about this forest, and does information on Atlantic rain forests and lichen communities influence their views?

Contact: Antonia Eastwood

Semi-natural habitats in upland areas

A team from Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) and the Moredun Institute investigates the impact of different management approaches (livestock grazed upland grass moorland, destocked upland grass moorland, low density montane woodland, and scrub planted on upland grass moorland and heath) on ecosystem services. Apart from services related to carbon sequestration, biodiversity and agricultural productivity, these will also include benefits related to the management of zoonotic disease risk (for example, Cryptosporidium, Giardia and Toxoplasma).

Contact: Davy McCracken

Project Information
Project Type: 
Active Project
SEFARI – Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research InstitutesSEFARI is the collective of six Scottish world-leading Research Institutes working across the spectrum of environment, land, food, agriculture and communities – all topics which affect how we live our lives, in Scotland and beyond.


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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.