Evans, D.M.; Pocock, M.J.O.; Brooks, J.; Memmott, J.

Abundance of plant taxa on Norwood Farm, Somerset during 2007 and 2008

Estimates of plant abundance (for leaf area, floral units and seed abundance, mass and energy) obtained from field-based sampling as part of a study of ecological interactions (food webs and plant-pollinator networks) on a single farm (Norwood Farm, Somerset, UK: 51.3128N 2.3206W) during 2007 and 2008. During the study, Norwood Farm was managed as an organic farm at relatively low intensity. The work was was supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council [grant number BBD0156341].

Publication date: 2015-08-18

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

You must cite: Evans, D.M.; Pocock, M.J.O.; Brooks, J.; Memmott, J. (2015). Abundance of plant taxa on Norwood Farm, Somerset during 2007 and 2008. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/0c123d4e-186f-48f5-8580-d0696b247287


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Study area
Temporal extent
2007-03-01    to    2008-08-31

Provenance & quality

Field surveys were conducted according to established protocols. Records made in the field for plant cover, height and counts of floral units, or samples containing seeds were collected for laboratory sorting and analysis. Data were entered into a purpose-designed database, via bespoke forms to support accuracy of data entry. Manipulations on the raw data (e.g. scaling up from sample size to total habitat area) were conducted in the database and data were checked for consistency of species names and data entry errors throughout the analysis undertaken as a contribution for peer-reviewed papers.


Sauve, A.M.C., Thébault, E., Pocock, M.J.O., & Fontaine, C. (2015). How plants connect pollination and herbivory networks and their contribution to community stability. Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1890/15-0132.1

Supplemental information

Darren M. Evans, Michael J.O. Pocock, Joanna Brooks, Jane Memmott, Seeds in farmland food-webs: Resource importance, distribution and the impacts of farm management, In Biological Conservation, Volume 144, Issue 12, 2011, Pages 2941-2950, ISSN 0006-3207
Michael J.O. Pocock, Darren M. Evans, Jane Memmott, The impact of farm management on species-specific leaf area index (LAI): Farm-scale data and predictive models, In Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, Volume 135, Issue 4, 2010, Pages 279-287, ISSN 0167-8809
EVANS, D. M., MCLEOD, J. J., PASCOE, L. and MEMMOTT, J. (2009), The efficiency of a vacuum device for estimating soil-surface seed abundance on lowland farms. Weed Research, 49: 337-340. doi:10.1111/j.1365-3180.2009.00707.x

Correspondence/contact details

Pocock, M.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology


Evans, D.M.
University of Hull
Pocock, M.J.O.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Brooks, J.
Bristol University
Memmott, J.
Bristol University

Other contacts

NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
Evans, D.M.
University of Hull
Rights Holder
University of Bristol

Additional metadata

Topic categories
biomass,  farm,  flower,  foodweb,  leaf area index,  network of networks,  Norwood,  Norwood Farm,  organic,  organic farm,  Plant,  seed,  Somerset transect
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
Last updated
20 May 2022 10:42