Pescott, O.L.; Walker, K.J.; Day, J.; Harris, F.; Roy, D.B.

National Plant Monitoring Scheme survey data (2015-2019)

This data resource provides plot-level plant occurrence data for the first five years (2015-2019) of the National Plant Monitoring Scheme (covering the UK, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man). Data consist of individual observations of plants, and other habitat characteristics, at the metre-scale; observations are accompanied by percentage cover information recorded according to the Domin frequency-abundance scale commonly used in plant community ecology. Other information provided includes the plot type (size, shape, according to the NPMS classification), the volunteer-recorded NPMS habitat, the date of sampling, and information regarding the spatial location of the plot. Information contained within the metadata file should allow users to reconstruct the sampling history (including gaps) of any plot that has been sampled within the NPMS scheme between 2015 and 2019.

This work was supported by the Natural Environment Research Council award number NE/R016429/1 as part of the UK-SCAPE programme delivering National Capability.

Publication date: 2020-04-20


Study area
Temporal extent
2015-01-01    to    2019-12-31

Provenance & quality

Data are collected directly from volunteers into a custom Indicia database system ( through the NPMS website ( or app. The Indicia system is built on a PostgreSQL/PostGIS database, and the data presented here were extracted directly from this master database using appropriate SQL queries. See the associated documentation for more information on the broader Quality Assurance processes supporting the NPMS.

Correspondence/contact details

Pescott, O.L.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Maclean Building, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford
OX10 8BB


Pescott, O.L.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Walker, K.J.
Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland
Day, J.
Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Harris, F.
Roy, D.B.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Biota , Environment
Biodiversity Biodiversity National Plant Monitoring Scheme,  National Plant Monitoring Scheme NPMS,  UK-SCAPE
Species Distribution
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/R016429/1
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference systems
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
WGS 84
TM65 / Irish Grid
Last updated
20 May 2022 10:42