Barr, C.J.; Bunce, R.G.H.; Smart, S.M.; Whittaker, H.A.

Countryside Survey 1978 vegetation plot data

This dataset consists of plant species presence and abundance in different sizes and types of plots from 256 1km x 1km square sites surveyed across Great Britain in 1978. Many of the plots were repeated in 1990, 1998 and 2007. 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: 2014-03-04

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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: Barr, C.J.; Bunce, R.G.H.; Smart, S.M.; Whittaker, H.A. (2014). Countryside Survey 1978 vegetation plot data. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.


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The following acknowledgement shall be used on all copies of the data, publications and reports, including use in presentations to any audience. 'Countryside Survey data owned by NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology'

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Study area
Temporal extent
1977-07-01    to    1978-10-31

Provenance & quality

The data were recorded onto paper field sheets in the summer of 1978 by surveyors (a few sites were surveyed in 1977). Data were recorded from 256 1km squares sited across Britain, selected by random stratified sample. The survey was managed by the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology (which later became part of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology). Standard Countryside Survey methodology was applied (refer to the online documentation).

Correspondence/contact details

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


Barr, C.J.
Institute of Terrestrial Ecology
Bunce, R.G.H.
Institute of Terrestrial Ecology
Smart, S.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Whittaker, H.A.
Institute of Terrestrial Ecology

Other contacts

Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Environmental survey Great Britain,  Monitoring & Observing Systems Parr Section plants,  vegetation
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
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