Savage, J. et al

Impact of grassland management on biomass production and nutritional quality, invertebrate communities, and soil health in Berkshire (UK) 2009-2012

The dataset describes the effects of different management techniques on grassland biomass production (dry matter yield), nutritional quality (herbage nitrogen content), pollinator communities (abundance and species richness), predatory beetle communities (abundance, species richness and biomass), and soil health (bulk density, total soil carbon and nitrogen). Data was collected from a site in Berkshire (UK), where a field-scale, randomised block experiment had been implemented to investigate how the establishment of a variety of plant functional groups (grasses, legumes, and other flowering forbs) using different cultivation (minimum tillage and deep ploughing) and management (cutting, grazing and their intensity) techniques, affected the provision of various ecosystem services.

Publication date: 2019-03-29

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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: Savage, J.; Woodcock, B.A.; Bullock, J.M.; Peyton, J.; Hulmes, S.; Hulmes, L.; Nowakowski, M.; Pywell, R.F. (2019). Impact of grassland management on biomass production and nutritional quality, invertebrate communities, and soil health in Berkshire (UK) 2009-2012. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.


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Study area
Temporal extent
2009-01-01    to    2012-12-31

Supplemental information

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

Woodcock, B.A., Savage, J., Bullock, J.M., Nowakowski, M., Orr, R., Tallowin, J.R.B. & Pywell, R.F. (2014) Enhancing floral resources for pollinators in productive agricultural grasslands. Biological Conservation, 171, 44-51.
Woodcock, B.A.; Savage, J.; Bullock, J.M.; Nowakowski, M.; Orr, R.; Tallowin, J.R.B.; Pywell, R.F., 2013, Enhancing beetle and spider communities in agricultural grasslands: the roles of seed addition and habitat management. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 167, 79-85.

Provenance & quality

All surveyors and laboratory workers were trained and followed standardised protocols in all cases. Specific forms were used for recording data in the field and in the lab. The data were checked for anomalous entries. Details of the methodologies have been published (see “other useful information regarding this dataset”).

Correspondence/contact details

Joanna Savage
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Maclean Building, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford
OX10 8BB
United Kingdom


Savage, J.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Woodcock, B.A.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Bullock, J.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Peyton, J.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Hulmes, S.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Hulmes, L.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Nowakowski, M.
Wildlife Farming Company
Pywell, R.F.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre


Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system


Topic categories
Biota , Environment , Farming , Geoscientific Information
Agriculture Berkshire Biodiversity Ecosystem services forbs,  grass,  grasslands,  Land use legumes,  natural pest control,  Pollinators Soil sustainable intensification
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