This dataset consists of plant species presence and abundance in different sizes and types of plots from 591 1km x 1km square sites surveyed across Great Britain in 2007. Many of the plots are repeated from surveys in 1978, 1990 and 1998. General information about the plot was recorded including plot number and type as well as species presence and (usually) cover. Data were collected under the Countryside Survey long term monitoring project managed by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.
The data were recorded using electronic data capture devices in the summer of 2007 by surveyors. Data were recorded from 591 1km squares sited across Britain, selected by random stratified sample. The survey was managed by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. Standard Countryside Survey methodology was applied (refer to the online documentation).
This dataset is referenced in:
Wood, C. M., Smart, S. M., Bunce, R. G. H., Norton, L. R., Maskell, L. C., Howard, D. C., … Henrys, P. A. (2017). Long-term vegetation monitoring in Great Britain – the Countryside Survey 1978–2007 and beyond. Earth System Science Data, 9(2), 445–459.
Gillespie, M. A. K., Baude, M., Biesmeijer, J., Boatman, N., Budge, G. E., Crowe, A., … Kunin, W. E. (2017). A method for the objective selection of landscape-scale study regions and sites at the national level. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 8(11), 1468–1476.