Fry, E.L.; Savage, J.; Pritchard, W.J.; Bardgett, R.D.; Ostle, N.; Pywell, R.F.; Bullock, J.M.

Ecosystem function and vegetation data from a land use gradient on Salisbury Plain in June 2014

This dataset contains ecosystem function and vegetation survey data from soils collected from Salisbury Plain, UK. The sites were selected to reflect the four main grassland management types on Salisbury Plain ranging from arable cropland to species rich grassland, with six representative grassland plots for each type (24 sites in total). Each site had four replicates for each variable measured. The data collected was intended to illustrate a gradient of ecosystem functioning and vegetation change as the grassland becomes more extensively managed. The field sampling was conducted by the University of Manchester and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology at Wallingford. Soils were extracted for nutrients and analysed by the University of Manchester. The data includes vegetation surveys, where the cover of each plant species present was assessed, and diversity indices were calculated. Furthermore, greenhouse gas fluxes were measured in situ, and soil nutrients and microbial biomass were also determined.

Publication date: 2016-03-21

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

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

You must cite: Fry, E.L.; Savage, J.; Pritchard, W.J.; Bardgett, R.D.; Ostle, N.; Pywell, R.F.; Bullock, J.M. (2016). Ecosystem function and vegetation data from a land use gradient on Salisbury Plain in June 2014. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/0e0a89e1-21f9-413e-8d7e-764b0b714dd6

 

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Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2014-06-01    to    2014-06-30

Provenance & quality

The data presented in the set have been derived from equations presented in the methods document, in order to account for variations in abiotic variables such as soil moisture or bulk density, or in order to present data in widely used units. The final data have been collated and after outlier removal, but have not been subjected to any transformations to alter variance or normality.

Correspondence/contact details

Ellen Fry
University of Manchester
Manchester
UK
Ellen.fry@manchester.ac.uk

Authors

Fry, E.L.
University of Manchester
Savage, J.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Pritchard, W.J.
University of Manchester
Bardgett, R.D.
University of Manchester
Ostle, N.
Lancaster University
Pywell, R.F.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Bullock, J.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

Custodian
Environmental Information Data Centre
eidc@ceh.ac.uk
Publisher
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
eidc@ceh.ac.uk

Spatial

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

Tags

Topic categories
Biota
Keywords
Arable,  BESS,  Calcareous grassland,  Ecosystem function,  Intensive grassland,  Reverting grassland,  Species rich grassland,  Vegetation survey
INSPIRE Theme
Environmental Monitoring Facilities