Bunce, R.G.H.; Carey, P.D.; Maskell, L.C.; Norton, L.R.; Scott, R.J.; Smart, S.M.; Wood, C.M.

Countryside Survey 2007 vegetation plot data

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.

Publication date: 2014-03-03

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

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

You must cite: Bunce, R.G.H.; Carey, P.D.; Maskell, L.C.; Norton, L.R.; Scott, R.J.; Smart, S.M.; Wood, C.M. (2014). Countryside Survey 2007 vegetation plot data. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/57f97915-8ff1-473b-8c77-2564cbd747bc


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Study area
Temporal extent
2007-05-01    to    2007-10-31

Provenance & quality

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).

Supplemental information

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.

Correspondence/contact details

Claire Wood
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg
United Kingdom


Bunce, R.G.H.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Carey, P.D.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Maskell, L.C.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Norton, L.R.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Scott, R.J.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Smart, S.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Wood, C.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Environmental survey Great Britain
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
Last updated
27 November 2019 12:12