Keith, A.M.; Thomas, A.R.C.; Henrys, P.A.; Emmett, B.A.

Topsoil invertebrate density estimates from the Countryside Survey of Great Britain, 2007 using a generalized additive model

This dataset presents modelled estimates of soil invertebrate density (individuals m-2) at 1km2 resolution across Great Britain. A Generalized Additive Model approach was used with Countryside Survey soil invertebrate density data from 2007 and including climate, habitat, soil and spatial predictors. The model is based on soil invertebrate density data from 830 locations across Great Britain and is representative of 0-8 cm soil depth. Soil invertebrates were extracted from cores using a dry Tullgren extraction method and enumerated by microscope. The Countryside Survey looks at a range of physical, chemical and biological properties of the topsoil from a representative sample of habitats across the UK.

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: 2020-12-07


Study area
Temporal extent
2007-01-01    to    2007-12-31

Provenance & quality

The data used to model soil invertebrate density are taken from the Countryside Survey. The technical reports by Emmett et al. (2010) present full methodological details for the Countryside Survey soil sampling and analytical processes, and can be found at:

Correspondence/contact details

Dr Aidan Keith
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg


Keith, A.M.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Thomas, A.R.C.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Henrys, P.A.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Emmett, B.A.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
Rights Holder
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Biota , Environment , Geoscientific Information
Biology,  Broad Habitat,  Climate,  collebola,  Countryside Survey,  Countryside Survey Invertebrates,  Microarthropods,  Parent Material Model,  Soil Soil Soil health UK-SCAPE
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/R016429/1
Spatial representation type
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
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18 May 2022 12:37