Valuing Nature Annual Conference 2018 - posters


1. Deflecting visitor disturbance from high-value wildlife sites
    Liz Allinson, University of Southampton

2. The community structure and distribution of benthic foraminifera in the saltmarshes
    of Y Foryd Nature Reserve, Menai Strait, Wales

    Mariann Biro, University of Chester

3. 7 days with Generation Z: Increasing Nature Connection
   Francesca Boyd, University of Sheffield  –  Valuing Nature IWUN project

4. A community-led approach to wetland and peatland conservation in Ireland
    Kate Flood, National University of Ireland, Galway

5. Getting Smarter with Nature
    Mike Grace, Birmingham City University

6. Analysing biophysical and economic trade-offs in management decision-making
    between Ecosystem services, Biodiversity conservation, and Commodity production

    Diego Hopkins, Imperial College London

7. The relationship between values and environmental commitment
   Camila Horst Toigo, University of Brighton  - Valuing Nature WetlandLIFE project

8. Greening the grey - integrated green grey infrastructure innovations
    Hugh Kippen, University of Glasgow

9. Applying the ecosystem approach to collaborative land use and management in
    the Pentland Hills Regional Park

    Neville Makan, Scottish Natural Heritage

10. Sponge 2020: Co-creating a climate resilient Somerset 
     Jo Neville, Westcountry Rivers Trust

11. A practical tool for assessing pollination services at a site level
     Fabrizia Ratto, University of Southampton

12. What is Natural Capital?
     Hazel Trenbirth, Office for National Statistics

13. The role of nature in cancer patient experience: findings from an arts for health enquiry
     Sofia Vougioukalou, Cardiff University

14. Identifying and quantifying the gaps in coastal sediment valuation: a case study
     of inter-tidal fisheries

     Gordon Watson, University of Portsmouth

15. The effect of different richness level of nature exposure for health promotion
     Hsiaopu Yeh, Independent 

Posters from Natural Capital Synthesis Report Authors

16. Soil, Cities and Sustainability
     Jess Davies, Lancaster University

17. The Natural Capital of floodplains as a function of land use 
     Emma Rothero, Open University

18. The Natural Capital of temporary rivers: Characterising the value of dynamic
     aquatic terrestrial habitats

     Rachel Stubbington, Nottingham Trent University

Posters from Valuing Nature Projects

19. CoastWEB - Valuing the contribution which COASTal habitats make to human health & WEllBeing

20. IWUN - Improving Wellbeing through Urban Nature

21. GHIA - Green Infrastructure to Promote Health and Wellbeing in an Ageing Population

22. WetlandLIFE - managing mosquitos and the socio-ecological value of wetlands for wellbeing

23. Identifying potential tipping points in the benefits derived from the UK's land ecosystems

24. Understanding ecosystem stocks and tipping points in UK blanket peatlands

25. TPAL - Mechanisms and consequences of tipping points in lowland agricultural landscapes

Posters from Cardiff University 

26. Pattern of Prevalence of Angiostrongylusvasorumin Urban, Suburban, and Rural Slugs
      revealed by Real Time PCR

      Ben Rowson et al.

27. The Pollen Monitoring Programme (PMP); the first two decades
     Heather Pardoe & Irena Pidek

28. Welsh slate: A Candidate for global Heritage Stone Status
      Jana Horak, Terry Hughes & Graham Lott

29. Evidence for Non-native Seaweeds in Wales
      Katherine slade



D4: Public and Shared Values for Nature

Short presentations from members of the Valuing Nature Network

Chair: Michael Winter,  University of Exeter  –  Valuing Nature Programme Coordination Team

People's experiences, attitudes and actions for nature - what's changing & how can we better understand change?
Rose O’Neill, Natural England

Using Community Voice Method to understand people-wetland relationships
Adriana Ford, University of Greenwich  - Valuing Nature WetlandLIFE project

WetlandLIFE: Outlining the ‘place-based narratives’ research
Mary Gearey, University of Brighton  - Valuing Nature WetlandLIFE project

Sharing Collections and Valuing Biodiversity in Wales
Poppy Nicol, Sustainable Places Research Institute  -  Valuing Nature Placement Holder

How social media can enrich our understanding of the value of the natural environment
Duncan Stewart, Kantar TNS 

Keynote Lecture Series: An optimist’s guide to managing ecosystem services

This Valuing Nature Keynote Lecture was given by Tom Oliver, Associate Professor in Landscape Ecology at the University of Reading. This 45 minute lecture was followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

Date: Wednesday, 6th September 2017 - 17:30 to 20:30

Venue: The Edinburgh Room (QA075), Queen Anne Court, University of Greenwich, 30 Park Row, Greenwich, London, SE10 9LS 

Abstract: Traditional conservation based on moral imperatives hasn’t worked. The new paradigm in conservation is to engage, rather than shun, the neoliberal market system by quantitatively integrating the value of nature into economic decision making.  Ecosystem services provided by nature are measured and this information is brought to bear on land use decisions, increasingly through monetary valuation”. We might think that this is a rational, pragmatic approach to conservation, compared to the naive optimism of ‘traditional’ approaches. Yet, is it equally idealistic? For example, how do we pick and prioritise which ecosystem services we want in a given location? How do we measure all the services that are important for society, not just a select few that are more amenable to measurement? How can we value and plan for the resilience of ecosystem services under environmental perturbations (e.g. extreme weather events, disease outbreaks etc.) that are likely to occur in the future? In this lively presentation, I will use selected scientific examples to make the case that seeking solely a quantitative economic approach to ecosystem service management is naïve and unrealistic. A reality check is needed, because whilst the advancement of quantitative accounting and valuation methodologies is still necessary, there is an urgent need to look towards more systemic and transdisciplinary approaches if we are to safeguard essential biodiversity and ecosystem services under accelerating global change in the Anthropocene. 

Biography: Dr Tom Oliver is Associate Professor of Landscape Ecology and Research Division Leader for Ecology and Evolution at the University of Reading. He sits on the European Environment Agency Scientific Committee in a role advising on socioecological systems. Tom's research focuses on analysis of large ecological datasets to inform upon spatiotemporal patterns in biodiversity and ecosystem services. For example, using long-term species monitoring data to understand how species respond to the interacting effects of land use and climate change. He is also interested application of in this science by bridging the gaps between theory, evidence, policy and practical action; for example, by providing tools to help decision makers integrate biodiversity conservation into land management decisions. He has worked on developing spatiotemporal indicators for national biodiversity and ecosystem services and, more recently, on producing indicators for the resilience of ecosystem functions provided by species.


The 45 minute lecture was followed by responses from the following Panelists:

Michael Winter (Chair) Professor of Land Economy and Society, Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute (University of Exeter). Member of Valuing Nature Programme Coordination Team

Georgina Mace - Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystems, and Head of the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research at University College London.

Charles Godfray - Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food and co-leads the Oxford Martin Restatement Project. Member of Valuing Nature Programme Coordination Team

Rob Fish  - Reader in Human Ecology at the University of Kent. Member of Valuing Nature Programme Coordination Team 

Delegates participated in a Q&A session to round off the evening.