Keith, A.M.; Monson, F.D.; Chaplow, J.S.; Black, H.I.J.; Self, P.; Rollett, A.; Wood, C.M.

Oribatid mites 1998 [Countryside Survey]

This dataset consists of oribatid mite species records (a component of the soil mesofauna), extracted from soils sampled across Great Britain in 1998, as part of the Countryside Survey monitoring programme. The Countryside Survey is a unique study or 'audit' of the natural resources of the UK's countryside. The sample sites are chosen from a stratified random sample, based on a 15 by 15 km grid of GB. Surveys have been carried out in 1978, 1984, 1990, 1998 and 2007 by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, with repeated visits to the majority of squares. The countryside is sampled and surveyed using rigorous scientific methods, allowing us to compare new results with those from previous surveys. In this way we can detect the gradual and subtle changes that occur in the UK's countryside over time. In addition to soil data, habitat areas, vegetation species data, linear habitat data, and freshwater habitat data are also gathered by Countryside Survey.

Publication date: 2018-05-09

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This dataset is made available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

Format of the dataset : Comma-separated values (CSV)

You must cite: Keith, A.M.; Monson, F.D.; Chaplow, J.S.; Black, H.I.J.; Self, P.; Rollett, A.; Wood, C.M. (2018). Oribatid mites 1998 [Countryside Survey] . NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.


All use of CS data must be acknowledged. The following acknowledgement and copyright notice (where applicable), shall be used on all copies of the data, publications and reports, including use in presentations to any audience. Acknowledgement: Countryside Survey data owned by NERC - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. Countryside Survey © Database Right/Copyright NERC -Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. All rights reserved.'

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Study area
Temporal extent
1998-05-01    to    1999-11-30

Supplemental information

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

Countryside Survey website
Black, H. I. J.; Garnett, J. S.; Ainsworth, G.; Coward, P. A.; Creamer, R.; Ellwood, S.; Horne, J.; Hornung, M.; Kennedy, V. H.; Monson, F.; Raine, L.; Osborn, D.; Parekh, N. R.; Parrington, J.; Poskitt, J.; Potter, E.; Reeves, N.; Rowland, A. P.; Self, P.; Turner, S.; Watkins, J.; Woods, C.; Wright, J.. 2002 MASQ: Monitoring And Assessing Soil Quality in Great Britain. Survey Module 6: Soils and Pollution. Bristol, Environment Agency, 200pp. (CEH Project Number: C01229, R&D Technical Report E1-063/TR)

Provenance & quality

Soil samples were collected in the summers of 1998 and 1999 by trained field surveyors. Data were recorded from up to 256 1km squares sited across Britain, selected by random stratified sample. Samples were analysed according to standardized protocols at the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, Merlewood in 1998-2000, with subsequent additional work undertaken by F. Monson and A. Keith. Data are managed by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Correspondence/contact details

Keith, A.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg
United Kingdom


Keith, A.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Monson, F.D.
World Museum (Entomology Department)
Chaplow, J.S.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Black, H.I.J.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Self, P.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Rollett, A.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Wood, C.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre


Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid


Topic categories
Acari,  Biodiversity Countryside Survey,  Great Britain,  oribatid mites,  Soil soil mesofauna
Environmental Monitoring Facilities