Maskell, L.; Henrys, P.; Norton, L.; Smart, S.

Bee nectar plant diversity of Great Britain

This dataset models bee nectar plant richness across Great Britain (GB). It uses counts of bee nectar plants (using a list agreed with experts) in Countryside Survey area vegetation plots in 2007 and extrapolates to 1km squares across GB using a generalised additive mixed model. Co-variables used in the model are Broad Habitat (the dominant broad habitat of the 1km square), air temperature, nitrogen deposition, precipitation and altitude. This data provides a metric of the Natural Capital associated with pollination, although to measure the service itself you would require additional datasets. Understanding the distribution of bee nectar plants does provide valuable information on the potential distribution of pollinators and hence pollination.

Publication date: 2016-03-22

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Format of the dataset : ESRI Shapefile

Access and use conditions

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

You must cite: Maskell, L.; Henrys, P.; Norton, L.; Smart, S. (2016). Bee nectar plant diversity of Great Britain. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/623a38dd-66e8-42e2-b49f-65a15d63beb5

 

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The following organisations must be acknowledged by users of this dataset: NERC, Defra, the National Assembly for Wales, the Scottish Government, Natural England, Countryside Council for Wales, Scottish Natural Heritage.

Where/When

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

Provenance & quality

This dataset was created from Countryside Survey 2007 area (x,y,u) vegetation plot data. In each plot the bee nectar plants are counted using a list of nectar plants that was agreed with experts and has been provided with this dataset. The data was extrapolated to 1km squares across GB using a generalised additive mixed model incorporating the 1km square as a random variable to account for spatial autocorrelation between plots in the same square. A poisson distribution was specified. Co-variables used in the model are Broad Habitat (the dominant broad habitat of the 1km square), air temperature, nitrogen deposition, precipitation and altitude.

Correspondence/contact details

Maskell, L.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg
Lancaster
Lancashire
LA1 4AP
United Kingdom
enquiries@ceh.ac.uk

Authors

Maskell, L.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Henrys, P.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Norton, L.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Smart, S.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

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

Spatial

Spatial representation type
Raster
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid

Tags

Topic categories
Biota
Keywords
Bee nectar plants,  Biodiversity Broad Habitat,  Countryside Survey,  Pollination,  Pollinators