Boyes, D.H.; Evans, D.M.; Fox, R.; Parsons, M.S.; Pocock, M.J.O.

Caterpillar activity under experimentally manipulated light conditions, Oxfordshire, UK, winter 2019

Counts of caterpillars arising from a short-term experiment that installed lighting rigs in previously unlit areas to test for a change in nocturnal feeding behaviour. Caterpillars were counted from lit and control transects at two locations in Oxfordshire during January and February 2019. Lighting rigs were installed during the afternoon and switched on one hour before sunset. To give the nocturnal caterpillars time to become active, sampling occurred between 60 and 120 minutes after sunset. On a sampling night, all transects were sampled within a 5–10-minute period.

Publication date: 2021-07-08

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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: Boyes, D.H.; Evans, D.M.; Fox, R.; Parsons, M.S.; Pocock, M.J.O. (2021). Caterpillar activity under experimentally manipulated light conditions, Oxfordshire, UK, winter 2019. NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/7e7ce7c1-aa16-484f-86b1-90c5b088a64c

 

Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2019-01-22    to    2019-02-16

Provenance & quality

Data were generated by collecting larvae in field using sweep netting (as detailed in the methods). Data quality assurance included data collection via standardised recording forms, data entry using drop down menus and automated calculations. Following data entry, records were double checked to ensure accidental typing errors were removed and to check for apparent outliers.

Citations

Boyes, D. H., Evans, D. M., Fox, R., Parsons, M. S., & Pocock, M. J. O. (2021). Street lighting has detrimental impacts on local insect populations. Science Advances, 7(35), eabi8322. https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.abi8322

Correspondence/contact details

Douglas Boyes
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Maclean Building, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford
Wallingford
Oxfordshire
OX10 8BB
UNITED KINGDOM
 info@douglasboyes.co.uk

Authors

Boyes, D.H.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Evans, D.M.
School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University
Fox, R.
Butterfly Conservation
Parsons, M.S.
Butterfly Conservation
Pocock, M.J.O.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

Custodian
NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
 info@eidc.ac.uk
Publisher
NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
 info@eidc.ac.uk
Rights Holder
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
 enquiries@ceh.ac.uk

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Biota
Keywords
Artificial light at night,  Biodiversity ecology,  insect populations,  Lepidoptera,  Street lighting
INSPIRE Theme
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Funding
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/L002590/1
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
Last updated
18 May 2022 12:28