Keith, A.M. et al

Topsoil meso-fauna data from the Glastir Monitoring and Evaluation Programme, Wales 2013-2014

This data set includes counts of soil meso-fauna collected from topsoil within a wide range of land use types across Wales, collected as part of the Glastir Monitoring and Evaluation Programme (GMEP). Meso-fauna include collembola (springtails) and acari (mites).

The monitoring programme was set up by the Welsh Government in 2013 to monitor the effects of the Glastir agri-environment scheme on the environment and ran from 2013 to 2016. The field survey element was based on a stratified random sampling design of 300 x 1km square sites across Wales, and was managed by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.

Publication date: 2019-11-18

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

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

You must cite: Keith, A.M.; Astbury, S.; Dodd, B.A.; Emmett, B.A.; Fitton, A.; Garbutt, A.; George, P.; Marshall, R.; Robinson, D.A.; Williams, B.; Wood, C.M. (2019). Topsoil meso-fauna data from the Glastir Monitoring and Evaluation Programme, Wales 2013-2014. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.


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Study area
Temporal extent
2013-04-01    to    2016-12-01

Provenance & quality

Within each of 300 x 1km sample squares, a set of soil samples are taken from 5 pre-determined randomly dispersed locations (where possible). The soil sample analysed for soil fauna is taken using a white plastic core (‘F-core’), 8cm long, from a location co-incident with vegetation surveys.
After collection, the soil cores were posted as soon as possible to laboratories at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Lancaster, for faunal extraction.

Supplemental information

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

Website for Glastir Monitoring and Evaluation Programme
Website for the Welsh Environment and Rural Affairs Monitoring Programme (follow up project to GMEP)
Website for the related national survey, Countryside Survey

Correspondence/contact details

Dr. Aidan Keith
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg
United Kingdom


Keith, A.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Astbury, S.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Dodd, B.A.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Emmett, B.A.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Fitton, A.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Garbutt, A.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
George, P.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Marshall, R.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Robinson, D.A.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Williams, B.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Wood, C.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre

Additional metadata

Topic categories
agri-environment scheme,  Biodiversity box mites,  Entomobryomorpha Environmental survey Glastir Monitoring and Evaluation Programme,  GMEP,  Mesostigmatid,  monitoring,  Neelipleona oribatid mites,  Phthiracaridae Poduromorpha Soil Soil properties,  Symphypleona Wales
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
Last updated
18 November 2019 16:05