Humans are dependent on goods and services provided by the natural environment, including soils, insect pollinators and water. We use the term natural capital to recognise the importance of nature’s assets and the benefits that flow from them. This gives natural capital equal status in decision-making alongside: manufactured capital (e.g. buildings), human capital (e.g. knowledge), financial capital (e.g. loans) and social capital (e.g. relationships). It is often the combination of natural and other capital that delivers society’s needs.

CEH Natural Capital projects, blogs and news

Office building
Insights into producing research with business impact
Foxglove - Simon Smart/CEH
A new paper in Nature reveals for the first time how the abundance of nectar-producing plants has changed since the 1930s across Britain
Nick Isaac of CEH presenting at BES2015
British Ecological Society Annual Conference
Ganges river, India
Outputs of December 2015 Science Workshop
Butterflies by waterfall - ROBIN project
The ROBIN project, coordinated by CEH, provides some answers
Parus major, great tit, on a branch
Potential ecological impacts of changes to nature's calendar
Cameraria orhidella, horse-chestnut leaf-miner moth
Citizen scientists asked to help track spread
Widespread drought-sensitive butterfly population extinctions could occur in the UK as early as 2050
Lumbricus terrestris earthworms up close
Secrets of the earthworm stomach
Valuing our Life Support Systems report cover
Valuing our Life Support Systems report launched