Rennie, S. et al

UK Environmental Change Network (ECN) butterfly data: 1993-2015

Butterfly data from the UK Environmental Change Network (ECN) terrestrial sites. Counts of individual species are recorded. These data are collected while walking a defined transect at all of ECN's terrestrial sites using a standard protocol. They represent continuous weekly records from 1993 to 2015. ECN is the UK's long-term environmental monitoring programme. It is a multi-agency programme sponsored by a consortium of fourteen government departments and agencies. These organisations contribute to the programme through funding either site monitoring and/or network co-ordination activities. These organisations are: Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru - Natural Resources Wales, Defence Science & Technology Laboratory, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, Llywodraeth Cymru - Welsh Government, Natural England, Natural Environment Research Council, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Government and Scottish Natural Heritage.

Publication date: 2017-11-09

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You must cite: Rennie, S.; Adamson, J.; Anderson, R.; Andrews, C.; Bater, J.; Bayfield, N.; Beaton, K.; Beaumont, D.; Benham, S.; Bowmaker, V.; Britt, C.; Brooker, R.; Brooks, D.; Brunt, J.; Common, G.; Cooper, R.; Corbett, S.; Critchley, N.; Dennis, P.; Dick, J.; Dodd, B.; Dodd, N.; Donovan, N.; Easter, J.; Flexen, M.; Gardiner, A.; Hamilton, D.; Hargreaves, P.; Hatton-Ellis, M.; Howe, M.; Kahl, J.; Lane, M.; Langan, S.; Lloyd, D.; McCarney, B.; McElarney, Y.; McKenna, C.; McMillan, S.; Milne, F.; Milne, L.; Morecroft, M.; Murphy, M.; Nelson, A.; Nicholson, H.; Pallett, D.; Parry, D.; Pearce, I.; Pozsgai, G.; Rose, R.; Schafer, S.; Scott, T.; Sherrin, L.; Shortall, C.; Smith, R.; Smith, P.; Tait, R.; Taylor, C.; Taylor, M.; Thurlow, M.; Tilbury, C. ; Turner, A.; Tyson, K.; Watson, H.; Whittaker, M.; Wood, C. (2017). UK Environmental Change Network (ECN) butterfly data: 1993-2015. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/5aeda581-b4f2-4e51-b1a6-890b6b3403a3

 

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Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
1993-04-10    to    …

Provenance & quality

Data are collected from the UK Environmental Change Network (ECN) terrestrial sites while walking a defined transect at all of ECN's terrestrial sites using a standard protocol. Prior to deposit of the data in the EIDC, data are managed by the ECN Data Centre at CEH Lancaster according to defined protocols.

Verification steps include numeric range checks (i.e. checking if a value falls within a specified range), categorical checks (e.g. checking that a species code appears on the standard code list), formatting (i.e. that the dataset conforms to the specified data format) and logical integrity checks (i.e. checking the data make sense, e.g. that the dates in one dataset match those in a related dataset).

Appropriate range settings for ECN variables have been selected following discussion with specialists in each field. Where data fall outside these ranges, a cautious approach has been adopted towards discarding data on the principle that apparent errors may be valid outliers. Such values are discarded only if there is a clear explanation (e.g. an instrumentation error) and corrections are made where possible. If the reason is unclear, the values are stored, but are qualified using pre-defined quality codes or free-text descriptions. Data providers also use these codes or free text to describe factors affecting sampling outside their control, instrument damage or site management effects.

Correspondence/contact details

UK Environmental Change Network
Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg
Lancaster
Lancashire
LA1 4AP
United Kingdom
ecn@ceh.ac.uk

Authors

Rennie, S.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Adamson, J.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Anderson, R.
Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute
Andrews, C.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Bater, J.
Rothamsted Research
Bayfield, N.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Beaton, K.
The James Hutton Institute
Beaumont, D.
Rothamsted Research, North Wyke
Benham, S.
Forest Research
Bowmaker, V.
Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru - Natural Resources Wales
Britt, C.
ADAS
Brooker, R.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Brooks, D.
Rothamsted Research
Brunt, J.
Forest Research
Common, G.
The James Hutton Institute
Cooper, R.
The James Hutton Institute
Corbett, S.
ADAS
Critchley, N.
ADAS
Dennis, P.
The James Hutton Institute
Dick, J.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Dodd, B.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Dodd, N.
The James Hutton Institute
Donovan, N.
Rothamsted Research, North Wyke
Easter, J.
Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru - Natural Resources Wales
Flexen, M.
Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute
Gardiner, A.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Hamilton, D.
The James Hutton Institute
Hargreaves, P.
Rothamsted Research
Hatton-Ellis, M.
Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru - Natural Resources Wales
Howe, M.
Rothamsted Research
Kahl, J.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Lane, M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Langan, S.
The James Hutton Institute
Lloyd, D.
Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru - Natural Resources Wales
McCarney, B.
Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute
McElarney, Y.
Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute
McKenna, C.
Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute
McMillan, S.
ADAS
Milne, F.
The James Hutton Institute
Milne, L.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Morecroft, M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Murphy, M.
Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru - Natural Resources Wales
Nelson, A.
Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute
Nicholson, H.
Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute
Pallett, D.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Parry, D.
Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru - Natural Resources Wales
Pearce, I.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Pozsgai, G.
The James Hutton Institute
Rose, R.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Schafer, S.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Scott, T.
Rothamsted Research
Sherrin, L.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Shortall, C.
Rothamsted Research
Smith, R.
Rothamsted Research, North Wyke
Smith, P.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Tait, R.
The James Hutton Institute
Taylor, C.
The James Hutton Institute
Taylor, M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Thurlow, M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Tilbury, C.
Forest Research
Turner, A.
Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru - Natural Resources Wales
Tyson, K.
Rothamsted Research, North Wyke
Watson, H.
The James Hutton Institute
Whittaker, M.
Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru - Natural Resources Wales
Wood, C.
Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru - Natural Resources Wales

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

Spatial

Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
WGS 84

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Keywords
Aglais io Aglais urticae Alice Holt,  Anthocharis cardamines Apatura iris Aphantopus hyperantus Argynnis adippe Argynnis aglaja Argynnis paphia Aricia agestis Aricia artaxerxes biodiversity,  Biodiversity Boloria euphrosyne Boloria selene Butterfly species,  Cairngorms Callophrys rubi Celastrina argiolus Coenonympha pamphilus Coenonympha tullia Colias croceus Cupido minimus Drayton,  Environmental Change Network,  Erebia aethiops Erynnis tages Euphydryas aurinia Favonius quercus Glensaugh,  Gonepteryx rhamni Hamearis lucina Hesperia comma Hillsborough,  Hipparchia semele ILTER,  invertebrates,  Lasiommata megera Lepidoptera,  Leptidea juvernica Leptidea sinapis LTER,  Lycaena phlaeas Maculinea arion,  Maniola jurtina Melanargia galathea Melitaea athalia Melitaea cinxia Moor House - Upper Teesdale,  North Wyke,  Ochlodes sylvanus Papilio machaon Pararge aegeria Pieris brassicae Pieris napi Pieris rapae Plebejus argus Polygonia c-album Polyommatus bellargus Polyommatus coridon Polyommatus icarus Porton Down Pyrgus malvae Pyronia tithonus Rothamsted,  Satyrium pruni Satyrium w-album Sourhope,  Thecla betulae Thymelicus acteon Thymelicus lineola Thymelicus sylvestris United Kingdom Vanessa atalanta Vanessa cardui Wytham,  Yr Wyddfa - Snowdon