Strathard: a landscape to live, work and play
This project aims to develop more sustainable and resilient land and water management plans in Strathard by taking an ecosystems approach which considers the wider impacts and benefits of a range of management plans on ecosystem services, the landscape and communities living there.
Putting UK woodland bats on the map
We are working with Bat Conservation Trust to develop and trial a national citizen science field survey scheme and species distribution modelling framework for UK woodland bats.
SCALEFORES: Scaling Rules For Ecosystem Service Mapping
We are working with Southampton University and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology to develop and test novel modelling frameworks to explore the drivers of ecosystem services at different spatial scales in order to predict and map their delivery.
Land Use and Ecosystem Services
The research aims to increase our understanding of how woodlands and wooded landscapes provide a diverse range of ecosystem services (ES), and to help policymakers, forest managers and planners understand and assess how the specific placement and management of woodlands affects ES delivery at various scales.
BioCoRe: An interactive/adaptable landscape ecology approach for targeting restoration
How we manage priority habitats within increasingly fragmented landscapes is a critical conservation issue. Practitioners and policy makers are often faced with the dilemma of deciding where to focus limited...
- Models and Methods work area lead for the Land Use and Ecosystem Services Science Group
- Forest Research NRS Science Seminar Committee
- SCALEFORES: co-developing multiscale ecosystem service models with partners at Southampton University and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
- Putting UK bats on the map: working with the Bat Conservation Trust to trial a woodland bat survey methodology and to develop an ensemble habitat suitability modelling framework designed to uncover drivers of UK woodland bat distributions at local, regional and national scales.
Recently completed projects
- GREEN SURGE: developing and applying methods to map urban green infrastructure features and biodiversity indicators for Edinburgh and other European cities, with a focus on urban pollinators
- Strathard: A landscape to live work and play: developing and applying methods to quantify and map the benefits and challenges of the Strathard landscape as part of this multi-agency partnership project
- SPAtial Decisions for Ecosystem Services (SPADES): Research and spatial modelling to support the creation of an ecosystem services decision support tool for developers and local authorities with funding from InnovateUK and eCountability
Niches for species: a multi-species model to guide woodland management
To protect biodiversity in the face of environmental change, there is a need to designate and manage areas of habitat for rare and threatened species. However, to identify the right...
An analytical framework for spatially targeted management of natural capital
A major sustainability challenge is determining where to target management to enhance natural capital and the ecosystem services it provides. Achieving this understanding is difficult, given that the effects of...
Knowledge sharing, problem solving and professional development in a Scottish Ecosystem Services Community of Practice
This paper describes the benefits and challenges associated with developing and maintaining ESCom Scotland, a community of researchers, policy makers, practitioners and others involved in natural resource management in Scotland. Based on our experience, we provide ten recommendations to help others implement similar communities of practice.
Peer reviewed papers
Broome, A., Bellamy, C., Rattey, A., Ray, D., Quine, C.P. and Park, K.J. (2019) Niches for Species, a multi-species model to guide woodland management: An example based on Scotland’s native woodlands. Ecological Indicators, 103: 410-424. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2019.04.021
Metzger, M.J., Dick, J., Gardner, A., Bellamy, C., Blackstock, K., Brown, C., Chisholm, R., Cochrane, P., Drewitt, J., Gimona, A., Hester, A., Mathieson, S., Nijnik, M., McVittie, A., Petr, M., Smith, R., Smith, M. (2019) Knowledge sharing, problem solving and professional development in a Scottish Ecosystem Services Community of Practice. Reg Environ Change. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10113-019-01537-0.
Spake, R, Bellamy C, Graham L, Watts K, Wilson T, Norton L, Wood C, Schmucki R, Bullock J, Eigenbrod F (2019) An analytical framework for spatially targeted management of natural capital. Nature Sustainability 2: 90–97.
Palomo I, Willemen L, Drakou E, Burkhard B, Crossman N, Bellamy C, Burkhard K, Campagne CS, Dangol A, Franke J, Kulczyk S, Le Clec'h S, Malak DA, Muñoz L, Narusevicius V, Ottoy S, Roelens J, Sing L, Thomas A, Van Meerbeek K, Verweij P (2018) Practical solutions for bottlenecks in ecosystem services mapping. One Ecosystem 3: e20713.
Bellamy, C.C., van der Jagt, A.P., Barbour, S., Smith, M. and Moseley, D., 2017. A spatial framework for targeting urban planning for pollinators and people with local stakeholders: A route to healthy, blossoming communities? Environmental Research, 158, pp.255-268.
Sarkki, S., Jokinen, M., Nijnik, M., Zahvoyska, L., Abraham, E. M., Alados, C. L., Bellamy C., Bratanova-Dontcheva, S., Grunewald, K., Kollar, J., Krajčí, J., Kyriazopoulos, A. P., La Porta, N., Monteiro, A. T., Munoz-Rojas, J., Parpan, T., Sing, L., Smith, M., Sutinen, M-L., Tolvanen A., Zhyla, T. (2017) Social equity in governance of ecosystem services: synthesis from European treeline areas. Climate Research (Special 34).
Watts, K., Fuentes-Montemayor, E., Macgregor, N. A., Peredo-Alvarez, V., Ferryman, M., Bellamy, C., Brown, N. and Park, K. J. (2016) Using historical woodland creation to construct a long-term, large-scale natural experiment: the WrEN project. Ecol Evol. doi:10.1002/ece3.2066.
Bellamy C, Altringham J (2015) Predicting Species Distributions Using Record Centre Data: Multi-Scale Modelling of Habitat Suitability for Bat Roosts. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0128440. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0128440.
Stevenson-Holt CD, Watts K, Bellamy CC, Nevin OT, Ramsey AD (2014) Defining Landscape Resistance Values in Least-Cost Connectivity Models for the Invasive Grey Squirrel: A Comparison of Approaches Using Expert-Opinion and Habitat Suitability Modelling. PLoS ONE 9(11): e112119. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0112119.
Bellamy, C., Scott, C., & Altringham, J. (2013). Multiscale, presence-only habitat suitability models: fine-resolution maps for eight bat species. Journal of Applied Ecology, 50(4), 892–901.
FC and FR publications and other reports
Broome, A., Rattey, A., Bellamy C., (2018), Niches for Species, a multi-species model to guide woodland management. Forestry Commission Research Note FCRN035.
Bellamy, C., Barsoum, N., Cottrell, J. and Watts, K. (2018) Encouraging biodiversity at multiple scales in support of resilient woodlands. Forestry Commission Research Note FCRN 033.
Winn, J.P., Bellamy, C.C. & Fisher, T. 2018. EcoServ-GIS: a toolkit for mapping ecosystem services. Scottish Natural Heritage Research Report No. 954.
Blogs, newsletters & other online content
Bellamy & Rattey (2018) 'Story Map - harnessing the power of maps' Forest Research News, February 2018.
Bellamy et al. (2017) Mapping predicted supply, demand and use of urban cultural ecosystem services in support of green infrastructure planning. Poster presentation for GREEN SURGE conference, Malmӧ, September 2017.
van der Jagt, A. P. N., Bellamy, C., Mackenzie, I., Alexander, L. (2017) People, pollinators and pooled resources. Chartered Forester, Spring 2017.
Bellamy, C. (2017) My Scottish parliamentary shadowing experience: juggling everything from beavers to toxic waste. British Ecological Society.
Bellamy, C. (2017) What every scientist should know about influencing policy. Forest Research.
Bellamy, C. & van der Jagt, A. P. N. (2016) Forest Research and GREEN SURGE launch survey to gather information about the benefits of Edinburgh's greenspaces. ESCom Scotland.
Ratcliffe, C. & Bellamy, C. (2016) Applying an ecosystems approach in Strathard – a landscape to live, work & play. ESCom Scotland.
Bellamy, C. (2015) Accounting for Edinburgh's urban ecosystem services: a walk in the park? ESCom Scotland.
Bellamy, C. & Winn, J. (2013) EcoServ-GIS Version 1 (England only): A Wildlife Trust toolkit for mapping multiple ecosystem services. (The executive summary is available online here).
Bellamy, C. (2011) Predictive modelling of bat-habitat relationships on different spatial scales. University of Leeds PhD thesis.