09 February 2022
Science and data combine to help growers measure and map
A NEW service to measure, monitor and assess natural capital has been launched by Fera.
Combining data and science, LAND360 measures and maps existing land habitat features and models biodiversity offerings to help farmers, landowners and managers make informed land use decisions.
“With the introduction of the environmental land management scheme (ELMs) and the drive to manage land in a way that recognises ‘public money for public good’, it’s clear that landowners need to understand the extent of the natural capital they have,” said Guy Thallon (pictured), Fera's Strategic Business Development Manager. “This baseline understanding will mean opportunities can be identified and realised to help secure businesses that are economically and environmentally sustainable. However, to achieve this, sourcing accurate data and using the latest science is fundamental."
He said LAND360 Mapping+ involves the analysis and interpretation of high-resolution satellite imagery to create a detailed baseline of natural capital resources. Scoring+ takes this a step further, assessing the quality of natural capital using the insight gained through Mapping+ combined with more detailed ecological and biodiversity scoring.
Finally, Ecosystem+ is a bespoke consultancy service where land use proposals are developed in conjunction with land managers, Fera scientists and ecologists to identify opportunities for future land use and revenue streams. "These recommendations are based on scientific data gathered on available natural capital, business performance and market options,” said Guy.