Ecosystems services

The ongoing changes in ecosystems services include: stable or improving indicators linked to freshwaters and soils; an 8% reduction in plant diversity between 1978 and 2007 and nectar plant diversity has also declined. The reasons for much of this decline remain unexplained but they could often be due to delayed responses to early 20th Century habitat fragmentation, rural depopulation and agricultural intensification. The widespread uptake of agri-environment schemes could make a major difference. For more information download a summary report here