OK, so money doesn’t physically grow on trees but thanks to Natural Capital Accounting methods natural habitats including trees, woodlands, and other habitats are increasingly being given a value. This value is referred to as Natural Capital and aims to assess the value of natural habitats to inform economic decisions. For example, woodlands have value on both a social and biodiversity level, as well as value for carbon storage and timber production. We all know that green open spaces have value. Quantifying this indicates its natural capital.
Five years ago this month, on an otherwise mundane day in the ecology lab at the University of Bristol identifying money spiders, smaller ground beetles and other invertebrates, I was informed by two undergraduates that they had found three “fat” black beetles in their pitfall traps in Bristol. Several species came to mind, including churchyard beetles, bloody-nosed beetles and some of the larger ground beetles such as the violet ground beetle.