Prendergast-Miller, M.T.; Hodson, M. E.

Soil moisture, temperature and bulk density and earthworm abundance and biomass along transects in arable fields and ley strips in farms in North Yorkshire, England

Data are presented on earthworm abundance with distance from hedgerows was recorded for arable fields and pasture leys at farms at Little Langton, Hutton Wandesley, Overton and Whenby, Yorkshire. Sampling was carried out 12 – 26th May 2016. Pits were excavated and soil hand sorted for earthworms. Mustard solution was then poured into the pit and any emerging earthworms collected. All earthworms were preserved in ethanol for identification using the Sims and Gerard Field studies key. At each pit the following measurements were also taken: soil moisture, soil temperature, soil bulk density. The samples were taken to determine the influence of leys on soil quality by Miranda Prendergast-Miller and colleagues as part of the SoilBioHedge project (Grant Reference NE/M017095/1) funded by the NERC Soil Security Programme. (Grant Reference NE/M017044/1).

Publication date: 2019-07-10

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

You must cite: Prendergast-Miller, M.T.; Hodson, M. E. (2019). Soil moisture, temperature and bulk density and earthworm abundance and biomass along transects in arable fields and ley strips in farms in North Yorkshire, England. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/2c84ae3f-f785-4151-8efb-6a1598fd5a65

 

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Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2016-05-12    to    2016-05-26

Provenance & quality

Soil pits (18 x 18 x 15 cm) were excavated along transects and the soil hand sorted for earthworms. Mustard solution was then poured into the pit and any emerging earthworms collected. All earthworms were preserved in ethanol for identification using the Sims and Gerard Field studies key. At each pit the following measurements were also taken: three soil moisture readings in millivolts (mV) were taken at both 5 and 10 cm depth using a ML3 ThetaProbe Soil Moisture Sensor, (Delta-T Devices); single soil temperature measurements at 5 and 10 cm depth using a Checktemp®1 probe (Hanna Instruments); soil bulk density samples were taken at 5 and 15 cm soil depth using steel bulk density rings (118 cm3), soil density was calculated on an oven dry basis. The data were entered into Excel spreadsheets and exported as comma separated value files (csv) for ingestion into the Environmental Information Data Centre.

Correspondence/contact details

Hodson, M. E.
University of York
mark.hodson@york.ac.uk

Authors

Prendergast-Miller, M.T.
University of York
Hodson, M. E.
University of York

Other contacts

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

Spatial

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Tabular (text)
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Tags

Topic categories
Biota , Environment
Keywords
Biodiversity,  Earthworm,  Soil
INSPIRE Theme
Environmental Monitoring Facilities