Dr Alec Dauncey (Bangor University) is working on a scoping of latest policy relevant evidence on ecosystem services in relation to a suite of woodland scenarios. Woodlands provide a range of ecosystem services including; carbon sequestration, water quality, managing flood risks, seasonal water flow, soil conservation, and managing diffuse pollution. Scenarios include:
- Management of existing coniferous and native woodland, including farm woodland, under even-aged or continuous cover systems.
- Restoration of planted ancient woodland sites and open habitat.
- New woodland; broadleaved, coniferous, and mixed; by planting or by natural colonisation.
The evidence relating to each scenario will be considered in terms of risks, and win-win or 'no regrets' opportunities, together with their place in land sharing and land sparing approaches at landscape scale.