There is active debate in the UK on museum funding in late 2013, often within a wider discussion on social inequality and social impact of museums. Rebalancing our Cultural Capital looks at inequities in investment in London vs other English regions. Where is Private Investment in the Arts Going? from Arts & Business looks at the situation 2011-12.
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The British Trust for Ornithology has published its Bird Atlas 2007-11 based on tens of thousands of systematic volunteer observations in the UK and Ireland. BTO runs a range of volunteer citizen science surveys.
July 2013 paper in Science from Bateman et al. Bringing Ecosystem Services into Economic Decision-Making: Land Use in the UK DOI: 10.1126/science.1234379. Indicates that if land use decisions focus only on agriculture that overall ecosystem service value fall, but if all potential services are considered in planning, wild species diversity is conserved.