Terrestrial habitat, vegetation and soil data from a survey of Shetland, carried out in the summer of 1974 by the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology. Nearly 1000 x 200m2 plots were surveyed from across the islands, selected on the basis of a stratified sampling strategy. Details about plant species, soils, habitat types and major biota present were collected using standardized survey methods. This survey was part of a larger project to assess the status and value of Shetland's plant and animal species and communities.
Publication date: 2015-10-06 ( created 1974-08-01 )
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Wood, C. M. and Bunce, R. G. H.: Survey of the terrestrial habitats and vegetation of Shetland, 1974 – a framework for long term ecological monitoring, Earth Syst. Sci. Data Discuss., 8, 827-857, doi:10.5194/essdd-8-827-2015, 2015.
Data was collected using standardized recording methods in the summer of 1974 by the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology. The data were transferred to spreadsheets in the 2000s and are maintained by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Lancaster. Full details of methods are given in the supporting documentation.