Furse, M.T. et al

River Habitat Survey (RHS) data 1998 [Countryside Survey]

River Habitat Survey (RHS) data from rivers and streams surveyed in 1998 as part of the Countryside Survey project. River Habitat Survey (RHS) is an assessment of the physical structure of freshwater streams and rivers based on a standard 500m length sample unit. It does not require specialist geomorphological or botanical expertise but consistent recognition of features included on the form is essential. To ensure consistency of recording all surveyors must be accredited, and recording follows standard protocols. Data were collected under the Countryside Survey long term monitoring project managed by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. The Countryside Survey is a unique study or 'audit' of the natural resources of the UK's countryside. The sample sites are chosen from a stratified random sample, based on a 15 by 15 km grid of GB. Headwater stream surveys have been carried out in 1990, 1998 and 2007 with repeated visits to the majority of sites. The countryside is sampled and surveyed using rigorous scientific methods, allowing us to compare new results with those from previous surveys. In this way we can detect the gradual and subtle changes that occur in the UK's countryside over time. In addition to headwater stream data, soil data, habitat areas, vegetation species data and linear habitat data are also gathered by Countryside Survey.

Publication date: 2016-11-21

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You must cite: Furse, M.T.; Davy-Bowker, J.; Dawson, F.H.; Gunn, R.J.M.; Blackburn, J.H.; Gunn, I.M.; Winder, J.M.; Scarlett, P.M.; Gravelle, M.; Kneebone, N.; Nesbitt, I.; Amarillo, M.; Brereton, C.; Cannan, C; Collett, G.; Collier, D.; Cooper, G.; Dent, M.; Fairfax, C.M.; Hardie, D.; Henville, P.; Hilton, C.; James, B.; Moorhouse, C.; Randle, Z.; Shirley, C.; Small, S.R.; Vowles, K.E.; Clarke, R.T.; Watkins, J.W. (2016). River Habitat Survey (RHS) data 1998 [Countryside Survey]. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/2b285f04-ffd1-4da4-a742-0306e7a8e40c

 

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Temporal extent
1998-05-04    to    1998-11-21

Supplemental information

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

Furse M.T., Davy-Bowker J., Dawson F.H., Gunn R.J.M., Blackburn J.H., Gunn I.M., Winder J.M., Scarlett P.M., Gravelle M., Kneebone N., Nesbitt I., Amarillo M., Brereton C., Cannan C., Collett G., Collier D., Cooper G., Dent M., Fairfax C.M., Hardie D., Henville P., Hilton C., James B., Moorhouse C., Randle Z., Shirley C., Small S.R., Vowles K.E., Clarke R.T. & Watkins J.W. (2002) Countryside Survey 2000. Module 2: Freshwater Studies, Environment Agency R&D Technical Report E1-038/TR1

Provenance & quality

The data were recorded onto paper field sheets in the summer of 1998 by professional surveyors. Data were recorded from up to 569 1km squares sited across Britain, selected by random stratified sample. Data were entered onto a database, and cross-checked against the original paper sheets, with any data-entry errors being corrected. Data are managed by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Lancaster.

Correspondence/contact details

Scarlett, P.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Maclean Building, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford
Wallingford
Oxfordshire
OX10 8BB
United Kingdom
enquiries@ceh.ac.uk

Authors

Furse, M.T.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Davy-Bowker, J.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Dawson, F.H.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Gunn, R.J.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Blackburn, J.H.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Gunn, I.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Winder, J.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Scarlett, P.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Gravelle, M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Kneebone, N.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Nesbitt, I.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Amarillo, M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Brereton, C.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Cannan, C
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Collett, G.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Collier, D.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Cooper, G.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Dent, M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Fairfax, C.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Hardie, D.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Henville, P.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Hilton, C.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
James, B.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Moorhouse, C.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Randle, Z.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Shirley, C.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Small, S.R.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Vowles, K.E.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Clarke, R.T.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Watkins, J.W.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

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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
Environment , Inland Waters
INSPIRE Theme
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Keywords
Environmental survey Great Britain,  Natural capital Water quality