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16th February 2016 - Nature’s assets: ‘natural capital’ explained

The Benefits of Nature - Our Natural Assets - Natural Capital Explained


What does nature mean to you? People talk about ‘natural capital’ – how our natural environment is an asset that we use to deliver goods and services like food, drinking water, flood mitigation and recreation. Our farms, woods, rivers and gardens all play a critical role in our lives, health and wellbeing, whether we know it or not. In this film, people who work with nature describe how our natural assets enable people from all backgrounds to live healthy lives.


This film is part of a series of four films, produced by the University of Reading in association with the Loddon Catchment Partnership, to explain the terms Natural Capital and ecosystem services (provisioning, regulating and cultural services).   Examples are given through the stories told by people who work with nature across a range of sectors from farming to conservation charities, government organisations, universities and businesses like water companies, consultants, fisheries contractors and children's education providers.

Ben Kite, Ecological Planning & Research Ltd (

Mark Barnett, Environment Agency (­ironment-agency)

Jess Neumann, University of Reading (

Amanda Ingham, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust (

Martin Moore, Loddon Fisheries and Conservation Consultative (

Simon Porter, Penn Croft Farm


For more information about the films, please contact Joanna Clark, University of Reading.

Films were made with funding from a Natural Environment Research Council Impact Accelerator Award (NE/L012839/1).

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