Facey, S.L.; Dean, H.J.; Botham, M.S.; Staley, J.T.

Moth community and parasitoid data from a hedgerow cutting regime experiment in Cambridgeshire, England, 2011

This dataset contains moth species, parasitoid and resource provisioning data from a hedgerow experiment investigating the long-term effects of timing and frequency of cutting on resource provision for wildlife. The experiment site was based at at Monks Wood, Cambridgeshire, UK. Moth larvae were collected in May to September 2011 and reared in a laboratory. Moth larvae or adult moths, and any emerging parasitoids, were identified to species level where possible. Data on hedge plot dimensions and branching density and length were measured in the field at the same time as moth larvae sampling. Leaf samples were also collected and used to calculate biomass and determine foliar total carbon and nitrogen content.

The hedgerow experiment was one of three long running hedgerow experiments focusing on management to maintain and restore the hedgerow resource under agri-environment schemes. These long running experiments were funded by Defra and managed by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.

Publication date: 2020-09-16

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

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

You must cite: Facey, S.L.; Dean, H.J.; Botham, M.S.; Staley, J.T. (2020). Moth community and parasitoid data from a hedgerow cutting regime experiment in Cambridgeshire, England, 2011. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/7c2bf22d-2ff6-4d06-b4c1-b74ed4b45fc1



Study area
Temporal extent
2011-01-31    to    2011-12-31

Provenance & quality

Data were digitised into Excel after field or laboratory collection and then imported into an Oracle database that contained all the data from the long running hedgerow experiments. The data provided here have been exported from the Oracle database. The following measures were taken to ensure quality and accuracy: a standard protocol was used, species data were collected by experienced and appropriately qualified field surveyors, species identifications were checked by an expert, and data were checked for anomalous values both prior to and post import into the Oracle database. A thorough check was also undertaken after upload of data to the Oracle database to check for and input missing values.


This dataset is included in the following collections

Data from hedgerow management and biodiversity restoration experiments

Supplemental information

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

Facey SL, Botham MS, Heard MS, Pywell RF, Staley JT (2014) Moth communities and agri-environment schemes: Examining the effects of hedgerow cutting regime on diversity, abundance, and parasitism. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 7: 543-552.

Correspondence/contact details

Dr. Joanna Staley
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Maclean Building, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford
OX10 8BB


Facey, S.L.
University of York
Dean, H.J.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Botham, M.S.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Staley, J.T.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
Rights Holder
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Biota , Environment
biomass,  Environmental survey growing tips,  moth,  parasitoid,  thorn tips,  total carbon,  total nitrogen
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs Award: BD2114
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
Last updated
25 June 2021 18:39