Pescott, O.; Walker, K.; Day, J.; Harris, F.; Roy, D.

National Plant Monitoring Scheme survey data (2015-2018)

This data resource provides plot-level plant occurrence data for the first four years (2015-2018) of the National Plant Monitoring Scheme (covering the UK, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man). Data consist of individual observations of plants, and other habitat characteristics, at the metre-scale; observations are accompanied by percentage cover information recorded according to the Domin frequency-abundance scale commonly used in plant community ecology. Other information provided includes the plot type (size, shape, according to the NPMS classification), the volunteer-recorded NPMS habitat, the date of sampling, and information regarding the spatial location of the plot. Information contained within the metadata file should allow users to reconstruct the sampling history (including gaps) of any plot that has been sampled within the NPMS scheme between 2015 and 2018.

Publication date: 2019-07-01

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

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

You must cite: Pescott, O.; Walker, K.; Day, J.; Harris, F.; Roy, D. (2019). National Plant Monitoring Scheme survey data (2015-2018). NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.


© Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (Natural Environment Research Council)

© Joint Nature Conservation Committee

© Plantlife

© Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland

The following acknowledgement is required for use of this dataset: The National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS) is organised and funded by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, Plantlife and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. The NPMS is indebted to all volunteers who contribute data to the scheme.

This dataset is part of the following


Study area
Temporal extent
2015-01-01    to    2018-12-31

Supplemental information

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

Provenance & quality

Data are collected directly from volunteers into a custom Indicia database system ( through the NPMS website ( or app. The Indicia system is built on a PostgreSQL/PostGIS database, and the data presented here were extracted directly from this master database using appropriate SQL queries. See the associated documentation for more information on the broader Quality Assurance processes supporting the NPMS.

Correspondence/contact details

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


Pescott, O.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Walker, K.
Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland
Day, J.
Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Harris, F.
Roy, D.
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
WGS 84
TM65 / Irish Grid


Topic categories
Biota , Environment
National Plant Monitoring Scheme,  NPMS
Species Distribution