UKCEH will be represented at the British Ecological Society (BES) Annual Meeting in Belfast from 12 to 15 December by the UK-SCAPE project, bringing to life the breadth of our science, making it visible and accessible.

We will be talking about our 'Data from nature, for nature' campaign, raising the profile of data products from the UK-SCAPE project, reaching out to a wide range of people who need or want the information we hold.

Our campaign is broken down into four themes: 

  • Pollution 
  • Land use and net zero 
  • Biodiversity
  • Understanding hydro-climate extremes. 

Each theme will highlight various datasets.


  • Cumbrian Lakes monitoring platform 
  • Loch Leven monitoring platform 
  • The Thames Initiative 
  • EMEP4 UK – air quality modelling 
  • Atmospheric chemistry monitoring 
  • Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme 
  • Fish Tissue archive

Land Use and net zero 

  • Land Cover Map 
  • UK Land Flux Network 
  • Countryside Survey - Soils 


  • Biological Records Centre, including the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme, National Plant Monitoring Scheme and UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme 
  • Countryside Survey - Vegetation 
  • UK Environmental Change Network
  • Isle of May Long-Term Study

Understanding Hydro Climate Extremes

  • Cosmic-ray soil moisture monitoring network (COSMOS-UK) 
  • National River Flow Archive (NRFA) 
  • National Hydrological Monitoring Programme (NHMP) 
  • UK Hydrological Outlook  

As well as showing people how to use the datasets on Stand 13 at the conference, a series of postcards with QR codes will enable people to link directly to our UK-SCAPE datasets through the Data from nature, for nature campaign. Data sources include UK-SCAPE Digital Assets Catalogue, Environmental Information Data Centre, Environmental Information Platform and the Biological Records Centre.

Further resources about using the various UK-SCAPE datasets will also be available.

Posters and presentations 

UKCEH scientists will also be showcasing their work at the event.

Presenting posters are Abra Ash, Carys Cunningham, Jan Dick, Paul Evans, Lauren Henly, Jenna Lawson, Jennifer Rhymes, Simon Smart, Simeon Wilton and Claire Wood.

UKCEH speakers across the three-day event include:

Wednesday 13 December

  • Lisa Norton: What is regenerative farming? Where has it come from and what might it mean for future food security? Hall 1D, 10.30-11.30, online
  • Stephen Thackeray: Freshwater biodiversity responses to landscape stressors and hydrological connectivity – Studio Hall, 16.00-16.15
  • France Gerard: Droning on about biodiversity: Deriving habitat condition metrics from drone imagery or high-density point clouds – Hall 1D, 17.45-18.00

Thursday 14 December

  • Simon Smart: Long-term changes in British woodlands driven by ash dieback and deer grazing – Room 3B, 11.15-11.30
  • George Linney: The impact of landscape decisions on ecosystem service supply and demand: an exploratory tool – Room 1A, 12.00-12.15
  • James Bullock: A research career vs campaigning for change – a false dichotomy? Hall 2A – 1.45-14.45

Friday 15 December

  • Bridget Emmett: Assessing the evidence for potential ELM actions and their impact on multiple ecosystem services. Studio Hall, 10-10.15
  • Katy Ross: Erosion and Ecosystem exchange: Quantifying the carbon balance of Falkland Island’s peatlands – Hall 2B, 11.45 – 12.00
  • Simon Rolph: Integrating automated biodiversity monitoring with traditional sampling approaches using integrated modelling and adaptive sampling, a simulation study – Room 1A, 14.30- 14.45

Find out more by visiting the BES Annual Meeting site. If you are attending come along and see us on stand 13.