Project Description

ucllogoLake BESS is focussing on the role of biodiversity in the provision of ecosystem services from lowland shallow lakes.

Run from UCL with partners at the Natural History Museum (London), the University of Stirling and Aarhus University (Denmark), this project is part of the Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainability (BESS) research programme.

The BESS programme is funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) as part of the UK’s Living with Environmental Change (LWEC) programme.

We are a team of biodiversity scientists interested, for this project, in the importance of connectivity between lakes. Connectivity may be a crucial factor to regulate the ecological balance within lake. In addition, we focus on consequences of biodiversity loss for the life of people working with lake or enjoying outdoor activities around lakes.

MP_01_Hickling_Heigham sound_aerialThis aerial photograph taken by Mike Page shows the complex network of interconnected water bodies as well as recreational activities on Hickling Broad. (By the way, visit Mike Page’s website where he presents his exceptional aerial photographs).

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