Fry, E.L. et al

Soil nutrient data from Winklebury Hill, UK, in 2014

This dataset contains nutrient data from soils and microbial biomass in soils from an experiment based at Winklebury Hill, UK. The experiment used seeds and plug plants to create different plant communities on the bare chalk on Winklebury Hill and tested the resulting carbon and nutrient cycling rates and compared these to the characteristics of different plant functional groups. The experiment ran from 2013 to 2016 and this dataset contains data from 2014 only. This experiment was part of the Wessex BESS project, a six-year (2011-2017) project aimed at understanding how biodiversity underpins the ecosystem functions and services that landscapes provide.

Publication date: 2017-01-10

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

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

You must cite: Fry, E.L.; Hall, A.L.; Savage, J.; Bardgett, R.D.; Ostle, N.; Pywell, R.F.; Bullock, J.M.; Oakley, S. (2017). Soil nutrient data from Winklebury Hill, UK, in 2014. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.



Study area
Temporal extent
2014-01-01    to    2014-12-31

Provenance & quality

Ammonium, nitrate and total nitrogen were measured using a Seal Analytical AA3 autoanalyser with UV digester, running 5% analytical replicates, recalibration (at 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 ppm) and blanks every 20 samples. Carbon was measured using a Shimadzu TOC analyser, running 5% analytical replicates and blanks every 20 samples. Extracts were adjusted for soil moisture. Standardised protocols were followed in all cases, details of which can be found in the supporting documentation.

Correspondence/contact details

Ellen Fry
University of Manchester


Fry, E.L.
University of Manchester
Hall, A.L.
University of Manchester
Savage, J.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Bardgett, R.D.
University of Manchester
Ostle, N.
Lancaster University
Pywell, R.F.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Bullock, J.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Oakley, S.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
Resource Provider
Fry, E.
University of Manchester

Additional metadata

Topic categories
ammonium,  bulk density,  dissolved organic carbon,  dissolved organic nitrogen,  mineralisation,  nitrate,  total carbon,  total nitrogen,  Wessex BESS
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
Last updated
20 May 2022 10:41