Natural Capital (Working Group)

Natural capital assets are those aspects of the natural environment that underpin delivery of ecosystem services or benefits (see figure). In relation to natural capital metrics, UKEOF aims to identify relevant environmental observation priorities and gaps. Maintaining a healthy stock of natural capital assets is a key government objective and meeting that objective requires an effective monitoring strategy.


Natural Capital - 3 categories of metrics


Although the Natural Capital Committee (NCC) suggests that for many assets we have good data about their quantity and distribution, little has been done to-date at a strategic level to optimise environmental observation for the purpose of natural capital assessment.

To address this, the UKEOF Natural Capital Working Group is coordinating activities to bring the relevant organisations together in order to develop a monitoring strategy for natural capital. The UKEOF partners include most of the statutory delivery and operational players who together collect and hold much of the essential data.


The objectives of the Natural Capital Working Group are:

  1. Inform partners about the latest developments on quantifying Natural Capital at UK and international level
  2. Analyse the partners’ strategies to pinpoint which partners have most relevance and responsibility, and identify which are already leading. This is achieved through maintenance of a partners’ natural capital activity table
  3. Identify existing monitoring which can contribute to Natural Capital Assessment
  4. Update the UKEOF catalogue for key relevant datasets e.g. by broad habitat
  5. Identify areas where the observations are weakest for metrics, and where work to improve them is already underway (to avoid duplication)
  6. Consider and compare approaches across the UK in order to understand different approaches, and enable coordination where diverging approaches are adopted.  This would focus on practicalities of monitoring and/or high level strategies
  7. Summarise the outcomes and propose ways forward.



  • David Allen, NRW
  • Vicky Beaumont-Brown (corresponding member)
  • Debbie Boobyer, Defra
  • Ken Bradley, DAERA - NI
  • Katie Devlin, DAERA - NI
  • Mark Diamond, EA
  • Ben Ditchburn, FC
  • David Donnelly, JHI
  • Max Engledew, ONS
  • Glen Everett, ONS (Chair)
  • Julian Harlow, Defra
  • Debbie Hemming, MO
  • Ruth Jones, EA (corresponding member)
  • Jane Lusardi, NE
  • Ed Mackey, SNH (corresponding member)
  • Sandra Marks, SG (corresponding member)
  • Lindsay Maskell, CEH
  • Tom McKenna, SNH
  • Nicola Melville, SEPA
  • Lisa Norton, UKEOF (UKEOF lead Organiser for the NCWG)
  • Kitty Rose, OS
  • Jo Savage, UKEOF (UKEOF Natural Capital Programme Coordinator)
  • James Skates, WG
  • Matt Smith, JNCC
  • Andrew Stott, Defra (corresponding member)
  • Jennifer Taylor, EA
  • Thea Thomas, ONS
  • Ann Thornton, JNCC
  • Anita Weatherby, UKEOF
  • Claudia Wells, ONS