Pescott, O.L.

A systematic florula of a disturbed urban habitat, Sheffield, England: Plant occupancy data

Plant occupancy data from a survey of a disturbed urban habitat. The survey is an occupancy study of the vascular plants of 16 500 x 500 m (0.25 km2) urban grid cells, stratified by quadrant at the scale of the focal city (Sheffield, England) in order to provide more even coverage. Few systematic, randomised surveys at fine spatial grain exist for urban habitats, and even fewer of these surveys are in the public domain. This study was designed as a systematic florula (i.e. a small flora) of a relatively discrete urban habitat in order to provide a baseline that would enable robust insights into future environmental change. In addition, the dataset is likely to be useful for comparative studies of plant traits, particularly those of highly disturbed habitats.

Publication date: 2016-09-13

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

Access and use conditions

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

You must cite: Pescott, O.L. (2016). A systematic florula of a disturbed urban habitat, Sheffield, England: Plant occupancy data. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.



Study area
Temporal extent
2012-06-23    to    2014-07-11

Supplemental information

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

Pescott, O. (2016) A systematic florula of a disturbed urban habitat: Pavements of Sheffield, England. Biodiversity Data Journal 4: e10658

Provenance & quality

All plants identified in this study were identified by the author. Plant specimens which could not be named in the field were keyed using the current standard Flora for Britain and Ireland (Stace 2010) or a vegetative key (Poland and Clement 2009). In a very small number of cases where the available material was not sufficient for certain identification, specimens were recorded to genus level.

Correspondence/contact details

Dr. Oliver Pescott
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Maclean Building, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford
OX10 8BB
United Kingdom


Pescott, O.L.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre


Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid


Topic categories
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
pavement,  quadrats,  urban