Ford, H.; Garbutt, A.; Skov, M.

Coastal Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability (CBESS) spider and beetle abundance on salt marsh sites at Morecambe Bay and Essex

The dataset comprises the spider and beetle abundance sampled by suction sampling in each 1metre (m) x 1m quadrat. Sampling was conducted at six salt marsh sites at four spatial scales: 1 m (the minimal sampling unit) nested within a hierarchy of increasing scales of 1-10 m, 10-100 m and 100-1000 m. Three of the sites were in Morecambe Bay, North West England and three of the sites were in Essex, South East England. All samples were taken during the winter and summer of 2013.
This data was collected as part of Coastal Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability (CBESS): NE/J015644/1. The project was funded with support from the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS) programme. BESS is a six-year programme (2011-2017) funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) as part of the UK's Living with Environmental Change (LWEC) programme.

Publication date: 2016-05-03

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You must cite: Ford, H.; Garbutt, A.; Skov, M. (2016). Coastal Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability (CBESS) spider and beetle abundance on salt marsh sites at Morecambe Bay and Essex. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.


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2013-01-01    to    2013-08-31


Ground dwelling spiders and beetles within each quadrat were sampled using suction sampling, counted and identified to species level. Results were recorded onto field sheets. These data were transferred into an Excel file. Results were exported as comma separated value files for ingestion into the EIDC.
The location of the sample sites was determined by randomly allocated quadrats. Each site consisted of a rectangular area of saltmarsh between 400 x 500 metre (m) to 1000 x 1000 m in size, dependent upon saltmarsh length (parallel to shore) and width (perpendicular to shore), including part of the low, mid and high marsh zones. Twenty two 1 x 1 m quadrats were randomly allocated to each site rectangle using R (R Development Core Team, 2014) to specify four different spatial scales (A = 1 quadrat only, B = 3 quadrats at 1 m to 10 m apart, C = 6 quadrats at 10 m to 100 m apart, D = 12 quadrats at 100 m to 1000 m or site maximum).


Ford, H.
University of Bangor
Garbutt, A.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Skov, M.
University of Bangor

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Other keywords
salt marsh
suction sampling
Habitats and Biotopes
Place keywords
Morecambe Bay
Project keywords
CBESS (Coastal Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability)
BESS (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability)
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